The ailing health of the Great Barrier Reef may be attracting more tourists, at least in the short term, with a survey showing many visitors were motivated to see it while they still have the chance.
Australia's government has lobbied hard to avoid the Great Barrier Reef being described internationally as being in danger. But that publicity wouldn't necessarily hit tourism that hard anyway.
Whether it's on the official "in danger" list or not, the Great Barrier Reef is clearly under threat. UNESCO has placed its faith in Australia, but without urgent action the problems will not go away.
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has spared Australia's blushes by opting not to list the Great Barrier Reef as 'in danger'. But it has also demanded that Australia make good on its plans to save it.