Pacific destinations welcome sea kayaking growth
SEA KAYAKING is becoming increasingly popular among tourists visiting Pacific islands, especially in Fiji and Vanuatu, says South Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO). Figures recently released by the SPTO reveal an estimated 85 percent increase in demand in the last three years, with 1300 for last year alone.
SPTO Technical Advisor Ross Hopkins said, “Sea kayaking is an ideal activity for many Pacific Island countries, given their natural advantages in terms of the unspoiled marine environment and friendly culture.”
According to Hopkins, the market is growing from a small base and indications are that interest in sea kayaking is growing worldwide. “Sea kayaking can be an excellent way of supporting environmental conservation as it is relatively low operating and start up costs mean that it can often be managed by local communities.”
Hopkins added, “A relatively sheltered location and safety are obviously key aspects of the product and its important that guides are well trained in all aspects of sea safety.”
Other countries like Solomon Islands are starting to introduce the product but at a minimal rate.
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author: Charles Kereau
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