The tourism industry plays a vital role in presenting the values of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to millions of visitors each year. To further educate visitors experiencing the beauty of the Reef, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, together with the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators and Tourism and Events Queensland, have launched the ‘Master Reef Guides’ program. In February, the first intake of 13 specially trained guides graduated from the program and can be seen on tourism operations across the Reef educating visitors about Reef management and protection, responsible practices, and citizen science.
The program is the first of its kind for the Reef, aiming to ensure that tourism operators and staff have up-to-date and accurate information on the Marine Park and are trained to share this information with visitors in a valuable and memorable way. The guides will also enhance visitors’ experiences by connecting guests to citizen science opportunities and ensure visitors are empowered to assist in reef recovery from anywhere in the world.
Master Reef Guides are considered the best in their field for reef interpretation, master storytelling and experience delivery, having undergone a comprehensive selection and training process. The program also includes ongoing training, networking and leadership development to assist the guides and other staff along the Great Barrier Reef to further develop their knowledge and experience.
The second cohort of Master Reef Guides is currently undergoing training and will soon join the 13 world-class guides already out in the field promoting the Reef, its values and management.
Photo credit: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Photo credit: Pablo Cogollos
For more information, visit the Authority’s website.