Summer holidays plans
Posted by: Caféstudy
14th Jan 2020 11:43am
Popular summer holiday destinations, such as the South Coast of New South Wales, have been devastated by the Australian bushfires in multiple ways. According to Destination NSW, 12.1million tourists spent $3 billion in the South Coast region during the 2018/19 financial year, a growth of 9.1% and 12.5% respectively from the previous year. In what is such a vital time of year for tourism, the bushfires continue to cause devastation to such tourism-driven economies as the South Coast by destroying properties and rejecting tourists due to safety concerns.
Australian Tourism Industry Council executive director Simon Westaway explained that “It is still too early to fully know and assess the commercial impact, but it will clearly run into hundreds of millions of dollars over the near term.” We recently asked our Caféstudy community what they usually do for the summer holidays and if the bushfires had impacted those plans.
Unfortunately, numerous Caféstudy members have been directly affected by the bushfires and chose to stay home for the holidays, as they felt it was their safest option. Some members even outlined how they have lost their homes to previous fires.
Some Caféstudy members still followed through with their plans, with one member citing the importance of visiting fire-struck regions for the local community.
In what is a devastating summer period for many Australians, we need to be aware of the impact these fires will have long after they’ve been put out. Many homes and livelihoods have been lost due to the fires and international tourists will be hesitant to travel to Australia for safety reasons. As Australians, we need to take it upon ourselves to plan our next holidays in a fire-struck region and help inject much needed money into these tourism-driven areas.