Email By the National Reporting Team’s Mark Willacy Updated June 21, 2016 05:35:55 Photo: The reef is experiencing its most severe bleaching event on record. (Supplied: WWF) Related Story: Fight to save Great Barrier Reef could cost $16 billion Related Story: Barrier Reef coral bleaching threat level increased Map: Australia Continued coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef could see international and domestic visitors to the region plummet by more than a million people a year, research by the Australia Institute warns. Key points:Many tourists said they’d choose another holiday destination if bleaching worsenedThe research suggests 10,000 jobs could be at riskVeteran tour operator calls for action before it’s “too late” The progressive think-tank said the massive drop in visitors would result in the loss of $1 billion in tourism income.The institute surveyed more than 3,000 Chinese, US and UK visitors, as well as 1,400 domestic tourists.The Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Harbour Bridge were selected by international respondents as being their top Australian tourist attractions.But the natural wonder is experiencing its most severe bleaching event on record, with an estimated 22 per cent of its coral, mostly in its northern sections, having died.One of the survey questions in… Read full this story
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