SYDNEY - Luxury Lodges of Australia, which lost one of its member properties - Southern Ocean Lodge - in bushfires on Kangaroo Island in South Australia – has appealed for tourists to stick with Australia.
In a message, the organisation said, “Long before the fires, drought and cyclones, the value of tourism to regional Australia was undisputed.
“With the onslaught of these life and status changing events, the viability and existence of our tourism community is at risk and the finely interconnected, vast web of small and medium enterprises that make up much of tourism and support industries needs quality tourism to Australia more than ever before.”
Southern Ocean Lodge’s sister properties Longitude 131˚, Silky Oaks Lodge and Capella Lodge, along with 14 other lodges across Australia, are welcoming guests daily, and operating as normal. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is undamaged by fires and will reopen shortly.
A spokesperson for Luxury Lodges of Australia, added, “So yes, base your decision to travel on facts around safety. A good place to start: Tourism Australia Bushfire Information.
“Do keep perspective on the sheer scale of Australia and do take out travel insurance.
“Now more than ever Australia needs you…”