Help our bushfire appeal – and spread the word to travellers
Team Noosa Bushfire Appeal
Noosa’s tourism operators have given generously to our Team Noosa Bushfire Appeal, providing holiday packages for firefighters in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, and others affected by the recent bushfires. More than $150,000 in a range of holiday experiences, including accommodation, tours and dining, as well as cash for airfares, has already been pledged.
Tourism Noosa launched the appeal last week (pictured above) to show our support and to help bring a little joy and hope back to the regional communities that have lost so much.
The packages will be given to the NSW Rural Fire Service, Victorian Country Fire Authority, South Australian Country Fire Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to be distributed to firefighters, displaced families, or for organisations to use in raffles in the hopes to raise further funds.
Packages offering mini breaks will be coordinated through our Holiday Consultants at the Noosa Inspiration Centre.
Many of us in Noosa have friends, families and guests who have been affected, and it’s a small way for our Noosa community to say thank you.
If you would still like to donate to the appeal, please email Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson with details of your commitment by the end of January.
Also congratulations to the Noosa businesses that have done individual fundraising and have raised incredible amounts to donate to various organisations.
Information update from Tourism Australia and TEQ
Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland and the Australian Tourism Export Council have taken action to support operators in areas both affected and not directly affected by bushfires. Information is available to travellers and for operators to share that will help spread the word, particularly in international markets, that many popular destinations have not been affected and are open for business.
Tourism Australia’s information shows which popular international tourism areas have and have not been affected by bushfires, how a traveller's trip may be affected, and how to stay up to date. You can share this page with your guests to ensure the latest facts about the fires are distributed as far and as wide as possible.
TEQ is working closely with Tourism Australia, other State Tourism Organisations and Queensland’s Regional Tourism Organisations to ensure our international trade partners and consumers receive the latest information on the situation.
International marketing will largely continue as normal, and some domestic marketing activity has been re-programmed. TEQ suggests operators can provide the following information to travellers to ensure they are aware of conditions and safe travelling options.
Travelling to Queensland
Queensland has been fortunate to remain largely unaffected by the current bushfires and Queensland’s tourism operators and experiences are operating as usual. Some rural bushfire warnings are in place and visitors can stay up-to-date with the latest information and advice being issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).
Bushfire Bounce Back
The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has established the Bushfire Bounce Back social media campaign to support members in spreading the word through their channels that operators are open for business. They invite you to upload images to #bushfirebounceback which will be shared on the @bushfirebounceback Instagram page.