Tourism industry

Tourism Management Action Strategy

The marine tourism industry is a key partner in the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef, and has provided invaluable input to development of the new Tourism Management Action Strategy .  Tourism operators help showcase the Reef’s natural values and enhance visitor experiences of the Reef, and play an important role in protecting the amazing biodiversity that supports their industry.

The following are programs that partner with our tourism industry operators to promote the world heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef and how we can work together to protect it.

High Standard Tourism Operators

High Standard Tourism Operators voluntarily operate to a higher standard than required by legislation as part of their commitment to ecologically sustainable use. These operators are independently certified as meeting best practice management standards for the key areas of protection, presentation and partnership.

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Eye on the Reef

There are also many tourism operators situated across the Marine Park who regularly work in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to monitor the Reef through Eye on the Reef.

  • Sightings Network is for everyone who visits the Reef daily, weekly, yearly or once in a lifetime.
  • Rapid Monitoring is for anyone who wants to learn about coral reef biology and then contribute to our knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Tourism Weekly Monitoring is for dedicated tourism staff working on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Reef Health and Impact Survey is for those with prior Reef or monitoring experience, or a motivation to learn.

Master Reef Guides

Master Reef Guides in the Great Barrier Reef tourism industry play a vital role in presenting the values of the World Heritage Area to millions of visitors annually. Providing storytellers and ambassadors within the tourism industry with up to date management in place to protect those values.

Master Reef Guides will not only provide up to date information on the Reef, but share their stories and experiences, explain how you can get involved in reef protection, and provide tips and tricks to help the Reef from anywhere in the world. The Master Reef Guide program is delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators and Tourism and Events Queensland and is the first of its kind for the Reef.

Further information

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Master Reef Guides are the story tellers of the Great Barrier Reef