Visitors urged to stay informed and away from fires, but many regions safe to explore
- 29 Jan, 2019
John Fitzgerald, CEO, Tourism Tasmania
Tourism Tasmania wants to ensure that while our communities and emergency services are dealing with an immediate bushfire situation in parts of the State, visitors are reminded to stay safe, avoid affected areas and make plans to enjoy parts of Tasmania not affected by fires.
With attractions such as the Tahune Airwalk directly impacted, and other places including some Parks closed or access constrained, it is important that visitors are well informed and follow the advice of emergency services.
In the first instance, visitors should check the Tasmania Fire Service, www.fire.tas.gov.au, the TasALERT website, www.alert.tas.gov.au, or listen to ABC local radio for up to date information which may affect any immediate plans they may have.
For visitors already here, about to arrive or who are thinking about booking their next trip, it’s important to know that Tasmania is open for business and there are many areas of our State which are unaffected by fire that can be safely accessed and enjoyed, including many iconic attractions and experiences.
Visitors can also make contact with the many Tasmanian Visitor Information Network centres across the state, where staff and volunteers have been assisting visitors impacted to make alternative arrangements or bookings and providing the latest safety information.
Tasmania’s tourism industry is the best in the country and is demonstrating this once again as it pulls together to support local communities and visitors during times of emergency.
Tourism Tasmania will continue to work with industry to ensure our visitors are kept up to date and safe while our firefighters protect our community and will work with government and industry partners to support visitation strategies now and into the future.