Australian tourism is about to be crushed

It’s reeling from bushfires, via The Australian:

Hoteliers and tourism executives say the “worst summer on record” has cost the nation $2bn and could wipe a further $4.5bn from the industry, as Tourism Australia unveils the first part of its multi-layered bushfire rescue package.

Domestic tourism has been hit by the fires and subsequent hazardous smoke, with the Australian Tourism Industry Council putting the immediate domestic impact at $2bn, factoring in the loss of business revenue, forward sales and the physical impact on tourism ­facilities and assets across ­bush­fire-ravaged regions.

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