Tourism chiefs have given the all clear for those planning to visit Tasmania stating that it is still “business as usual”. The Australian state has been in the news recently, after a sudden spate of summer bushfires, but Tasmania’s top attractions are said to be completely unaffected.
As Australia enters its peak tourist season, some visitors were left apprehensive following the news of the bush fires but the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania is eager to put minds at rest. Tasmania will be expecting thousands of national and international visitors looking for a break from city life.
Talking about the recent bush fires, CEO of Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, Luke Martin, said, "the key message we need to get out is that Tasmania is open for business and the visitor experience is just as it was three weeks ago ... The great attractions which bring people to these regions are still there and have not been diminished."
Furthermore, the Tasmanian government has said it will step in to help with plans to boost the state’s tourism industry. State tourism minister, Scott Bacon, said, “we want to emphasise that Tasmania is still open to visitors ... This is an important message for both people holidaying in the state and those planning to come to Tasmania, to ensure they realise that in many parts of the state, it is still business as usual."
Visitors heading to the Australian island will still be able to enjoy its many attractions and sites, including the Southwest National Park, a protected area for a wide range of wildlife and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.