Tourists doubting value of trip to Great Barrier Reef

Published on : Wednesday, August 30, 2017

reef-3Great Barrier Reef, one of the greatest natural wonder of Australia is composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands that stretches over 2300 kilometers is now seeing the drop in tourism, especially the dive-in, due to the dead corals for the mass bleaching events.



The overseas tourists have begun to doubt to go Great Barrier Reef as the back-to-back mass bleaching events made dead coral an unavoidable sight on reef.



A Port Douglas operator, John Edmondson, said that it is a “last-chance tourism” which was spurring on other visitors but there had been a “weird” break in bookings after the bleaching. This bleaching makes the corals dead.



John Edmondson said that the packages cost an average family $800 for a day on the reef, which were becoming a harder sell this year.



This was despite a favourable exchange rate and security concerns in other countries with reef destinations.




The European reef visitors were routinely raising the issue of Australian government support for the Adani mine which was going in the wrong direction in the policy on climate change.



The Queensland Liberal National senator Ian Macdonald asked Edmondson said that it was the last chance to see the reef. Now, the tourists see the white coated dead corals, which make dearth in tourism.



Edmondson’s business, Wavelength Reef Cruises, takes that there are about 22,000 people a year to see the reef, which employs about 20 people including the marine biology graduates, with a revenue of about $4.5m in revenue a year.



The exploration to the reef corals makes a fantastic business, but the very poor climatic concerns make ecosystem in the oceans polluted.



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