The annual economic value, worth R67.5bn, created by the Great Barrier Reef, which provides almost 69 000 full-time equivalent jobs. Its contribution to the Australian economy comes from tourism and recreational activities, scientific and tropical marine ecosystem research, and commercial fishing. Tourismrelated activities support 94% of the jobs provided by the reef. Direct expenditure on tourism and recreational activities in the Great Barrier Reef is more than $6.9bn (R80.2bn), which represents 7% of the total tourism expenditure in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef receives around 2m domestic and international visitors every year.