SEE Turtles is the first to lay out the economic benefits of each tour we promote.
Every tour lists:
Conservation income: Fees and donations paid to either local wildlife organizations or SEE Turtles to further our educational program. This income goes directly towards paying for protecting nesting beaches, hiring local residents, scientific research, education, and recruiting volunteers. For volunteer trips, this also includes the value of donated time.
Communities: Direct and indirect spending at locally-owned businesses near sea turtle hotspots including hotels, restaurants, activities, and souvenirs. This income helps residents value these creatures as an important resource to protect and inspire local support.
The remaining tour costs covers guides, drivers, in-country transportation, hotels and activities outside of turtle communities, and overhead and profit for the tour operators.
Every trip makes a difference to local protection efforts:
- The average conservation benefit per person ($150) provides income roughly equal to two weeks pay for a local researcher at some projects.
- The average tour with 8 participants generates income up to 10% of some of our partner's budgets.
- The minimum benefit for any trip is 25% of the tour price and the benefits range up to nearly 70%.
What is Conservation Tourism?
Conservation tourism is travel that supports efforts to protect endangered species through fees and donations and benefits local communities. It can increase awareness and appreciation for our planet’s environmental and ecological concerns among participants while delivering a much-needed sustainable source of revenue for conservation efforts. These tours also provide a viable economic development alternative for local communities that have few other income-generating options.