General overview of programme

WCA’s World Whale Conference 2017 will unite cetacean scientists, conservationists and welfare experts with whale watching operators, tour operators and other industry representatives, to discuss how tourism can be effective in protecting and celebrating marine wildlife across Africa – and the world – for generations to come.

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Saturday 24th June 2017

“Celebrating Durban as the gateway to the Humpback whale migration”


Community Event (Details to be confirmed shortly.)

Sunday 25th June 2017


Hotel Protea Edward  (times TBC)

All applications for workshops should be submitted here.

Drinks reception (Details to be confirmed shortly.)

Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th June 2017

WCA Conference

The 4th WCA Conference will focus on responsible tourism for whales and dolphins. With the aim to unite national, regional and global stakeholders from whale conservation and welfare backgrounds, the whale watching industry, travel and tourism representatives, and beyond. Creating the opportunity to share evidence, discuss strategies and ensure the protection of cetaceans in southern Africa and worldwide.

For more information on the previous WCA conference please click here.

Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th June 2017

Whale Heritage Sites (WHS) Summit

The 2nd Whale Heritage Sites Summit will bring together representatives from tourist destinations, international institutions and the private sector along with global experts in tourism, sustainability and whale watching to see WHS candidates showcase their destinations, and discuss and explore opportunities for the development of new sites in Africa and worldwide.

Previous WHS Summit was held in The Azores in October 2015, for more information please visit the official website.

Thursday 29th June 2017

Awards Dinner

(Details to be confirmed shortly.)