Seahorse tours translated for visitors

Translator Kuan Nee Lim has been appointed to help Chinese and Malaysian tourists enjoy their Seahorse World experience to the full. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON
Translator Kuan Nee Lim has been appointed to help Chinese and Malaysian tourists enjoy their Seahorse World experience to the full. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

A SURGE in Asian visitation to Beauty Point attraction Seahorse World has seen owner Craig Hawkins employ a multi- lingual tour guide.

Mowbray woman Kuan Nee Lim takes several foreign language tours a month, drawing on her skills in Malay, Cantonese and Mandarin.

The Australian Maritime College graduate did work experience at the seahorse breeding facility while studying her degree in marine conservation.

Mr Hawkins said the growing number of Asian tourists inspired him to hire the aspiring marine park worker.

He pinned the visitor increase - numbers are up 20 per cent on the last financial year - on targeted campaigns by Tourism Tasmania.

"The gift shop is something that really pumps," he said.

"Australians are still by far the biggest group visiting.

"We're the only UN-approved seahorse exporter in the world."

Seahorse World is open daily.