Australian Tourism Industry Suffers 690 Mln USD Loss From Bushfires
More than 60 percent of bookings in regional towns that have not been touched by fires have also been cancelled.
A vast majority of the cancellations came from Australians choosing to stay home, with international visitors so far keeping their plans.
"We'll be updating the tourism industry on what we're doing to correct the misinformation that is out there about the geographical reach of these bushfires and also the targeted activity that is continuing to make sure the world knows Australia is still open for business and that we want tourists to visit," he said.
"We'll also be telling the industry that the government stands ready to help our tourism industry to not only rebuild infrastructure where required but to continue to promote the incredible tourism experiences that are still on offer across Australia in unaffected areas but also in fire-affected areas when it is safe to welcome tourists again."