The economic value of birdwatching

Birdwatching at Eaglleby Wetlands: Araucaria Ecotours

Birdwatching at Eaglleby Wetlands, Brisbane: Araucaria Ecotours

Many authors recently have noted that birdwatching (or birding or avitourism) can be lucrative for tour operators and   ecolodges, and have flow-on effects that benefit local communities.

Hotels and B&Bs in regional areas might also consider  promoting on their websites the birds that visitors might expect to see during their visits, or any special features they might offer to facilitate birding for their guests (e.g. packed breakfasts for those heading out early into the field, or late checkout so birders can do their early birdwatch and then have a siesta before packing up and moving on).

Some of the articles and press releases on the economics of birdwatching tourism include: