Australia braces for $1.3 billion tourism hit
”Tourists should consider postponing their trip to affected areas until the danger of natural disaster has passed,” the alert reads, warning that fires could continue until April.
“Even in areas not directly affected by bushfires, smoke is causing poor air quality.”
While Gardner believes it’s too early to say what kind of financial hit awaits, tourism operators believe they lost nearly $30 million from cancellations following the 2013 Blue Mountains fires.
However, they also issued a disclaimer: it’s too early too say what the ongoing impact will be, given the bushfire danger period will continue until the end of March.
“Inbound tourism is… likely to be impacted by the heavy coverage of the bushfires globally,” Oliver said, pointing the finger at “ridiculous” and inaccurate maps depicting the extent of the fires.
“This [impact] may be short lived but it could last a year or so.”
“It is still too early to fully know and assess the commercial impact but it will clearly run into hundr of millions of dollars over the near term.”
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