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Resort & Cruise Ship Residencies

The Global Wildlife Tourism Market is Projected to Reach US$ 219.9 Bn by 2032 at a compound annual growth rate of 5% - Get Data Analysis by Future Market Insights, Inc.

One of the top reasons is that tourists are drawn to destinations with rich biodiversity and unique landscapes.  According to Brand USA, 2 of the top 5 motivators for selecting vacation spots are ecotourism and nature. Wanderlusters are seeking experiences that reflect the true essence of the places they are visiting. 

Conservation-based travel has been expanding rapidly in the last decade or so due to increased demand and opportunities.  Tourism not only bears the capacity to shift mindsets and behavior, it can also raise environmental awareness among tourists. When people connect with nature during their travels, it can lead them to appreciate it more and become invested in protecting it. Additionally, tourism can also provide a compelling incentive for governments and organizations to institute environmental policies and conservation measures. 

Due to the popularity of coastal tourism in particular, reef-based activities are a particularly important source of economic revenues. In fact, it is estimated that coral reefs generate $36 billion in global tourism value per year. One example of this self-fulfilling prophecy is that as scuba divers learn to love what they discover underwater, they seek for ways to help in protecting it.

SeaSmart has been a reliable contributor to responsible conservation travel programs through visiting residencies. With ocean conservation, marine science and SCUBA programs focused on topics such as the importance of ocean conservation,  why coral restoration is critical, how conserving sharks is key to healthy oceans, what invasive species do to the ocean ecosystems, and using art to advocate for ocean conservation, participants have enjoyed learning while vacationing.

Guests enjoy experiences unique to your venue, custom-curated activities that are alternatives to typical travel and building community among like-minded visitors.  Programs have been enjoyed by adults, children and families including workshops, hands-on and underwater activities. 

If you wish to learn more about how SeaSmart can facilitate these growth-oriented travel programs through visiting residencies at your resort or on your cruise, contact our Executive Director, Lisa McIntyre, at 201.960.2363 or

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