Australia New ZealandTourism recovery strategy awaits assessment of damage caused by bush fires

Resorts, wildlife are victims of Australian fire storms

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While the fires rage, Australia holds off on a tourism recovery strategy.
While the fires rage, Australia holds off on a tourism recovery strategy. Photo Credit: Prathaan/GettyImages

SYDNEY - Authorities in Australia continue to assess the damage to tourism facilities as bush fires continue to burn across many parts of the eastern half of the country.

At this stage, a tourism recovery strategy awaits a full assessment of the extensive damage to resorts, holiday parks and other accommodations.

One of the hardest hit areas is Kangaroo Island in South Australia, where a fire has killed two people and destroyed several tourism businesses.

The South Australian Tourism Commission said the Kangaroo Island fire has destroyed numerous tourism businesses, including the luxury Southern Ocean Lodge.

There are also grave concerns for the future of unique and endangered wildlife on Kangaroo Island where bushfires have killed thousands of koalas.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ ship, Vasco da Gama, on Monday cancelled its call to Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, due to the  bushfires burning on the island.

Tourism Australia is advising travellers coming to Australia “to seek the most up to date information prior to departure and remain informed about changing conditions whilst on the ground”.

Tourism Australia’s ‘Matesong’ ad campaign featuring cameos from singer Kylie Minogue, former Australian cricketer Shane Warne and tennis number one seed Ash Barty has been suspended in the UK in view of the catastrophic fire conditions.

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