How the Reef is managed
- Managing multiple uses
- Marine Monitoring Program
- Eye on the Reef program
- Water quality in the Great Barrier Reef
- Science for management
- Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef
- Recreation on the Great Barrier Reef
- Fisheries in the Marine Park
- Field Management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Managing Commonwealth Islands
- Strategic assessment and 25-year management plan
- Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report
- Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
Threats to the Reef
- Coastal development and protecting the Great Barrier Reef
- Climate change
- How climate change is affecting the Reef
- What does this mean for species?
- Climate change impacts on microscopic organisms
- Climate change impacts on marine plants
- Climate change impacts on corals
- Climate change impacts on fish
- Climate change impacts on marine mammals
- Climate change impacts on marine reptiles
- Climate change impacts on seabirds
- Climate change impacts on seabed dwellers
- What does this mean for habitats?
- What does this mean for communities and industries?
- Adapting management to climate change
- Working with tourism operators
- Working with fishers
- Working with schools
- Declining water quality
- Extreme weather
- Remaining impacts from fishing
- Marine debris
- Managing for a resilient Reef
Climate change impacts on the tourism industry
The health of the Reef and the sustainability of its $5 billion tourism industry are inextricably linked.
In recent years, the tourism industry has experienced significant changes in visitation to the Great Barrier Reef as well as changes in the quality of many Reef sites affected by coral bleaching, poor water quality and the impacts of the crown-of-thorns starfish.
The increasing frequency and intensity of storms and cyclones has also impacted opportunities for Reef experiences.
For the tourism industry, the national and international publicity associated with coral bleaching and the image of the Great Barrier Reef as being ‘damaged’ by climate change could create a negative image of the Reef and effectively reduce visitor numbers.
In this sense, the tourism industry is seen as being potentially vulnerable to negative messages about coral bleaching and the impacts of climate change.
The ability to adapt to challenges has long been a key strength of the tourism industry. The industry has made it through challenges such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the global epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). These and other events have shown the resilience of the industry and its ability to reinvent itself in the face of difficult conditions.
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.
Current Conditions: Environmental and climatic forecasts for the Great Barrier Reef