Orca Spirit Adventures and Great Pacific Adventures Join Forces
Press Release - For immediate release
Victoria, BC, Canada (September 5, 2014)
Orca Spirit Adventures, the leading provider of whale watching tours and eco-marine tourism in the Victoria area, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Victoria Whale Watching Company, Great Pacific Adventures (GPA). Orca Spirit will now be able to offer tourists and tour operators more boats, capacity and departure options than any other organization in the region.
“We are very pleased to have GPA join the Orca Spirit Adventures Group.” said John Douglas, Orca Spirit General Manager and Owner. “Great Pacific Adventures is a highly respected company and one of the pioneering whale watchers in the Pacific Northwest. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team and more importantly, a shared passion for the well-being of marine wildlife and the environment. Andrew has done a fantastic job building his company without losing sight of his core values of environmental stewardship and respect.”
Victoria’s tourism industry has seen a very busy season with an increase of overnight stays and air arrivals up from last year. Orca Spirit Adventures believes that more visitors are partaking in outdoor attractions and eco-tourism adventures. “By joining forces with Great Pacific, we now have a unique opportunity to cater to a wider variety of visitors, from individual travelers and tour groups, to the corporate incentive travel market,” said Lauren Douglas, Director of Sales and Marketing.
Orca Spirit and Great Pacific Adventures regularly work together to make sure all customer needs for departure times and vessel requirements are met. Business will remain as-usual for both companies in the short term. The longer term goal is to consolidate the two organizations into a single operating unit with a broader range of qualifications and experience. “We are excited by the prospect of merging our sales and marketing team to offer customers unrivaled service and selection.” Commented Lauren. “We also look forward to expanding our fleet even further to increase the number of seats and vessel styles for visitors, and hiring additional staff to meet the growing business demand,” added John.