7 Aug 2015

Tonga's whale-watching industry losing out on millions

7:53 pm on 7 August 2015

Tonga's whale watching industry has lost over 9 million US dollars in the last 8 years due to a lack of regulation and monitoring of the program.

Radio Tonga reports that the Tourism Minister visited Vava'u to analyse some of the activities and infrastructural support on the island.

'Etuate Lavulavu says in order to maximise benefits from the industry, the ministry has planned to review revenue collection licensing and legislation.

He says once this is done, Tonga can raise income while preserving the cultural and environmental aspects of the industry.