Australian Tourism After the Bushfires – Episode 179 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

2020 has been a doozy of a year. Back in January – a mere two months ago – here in Australia we were completely consumed by the horrific bushfires burning in so many parts of the country. This episode is about what can happen in Australian tourism after the bushfires – and it’s a thoughtful one.

NB: This episode was recorded a couple of weeks before COVID-19 began to restrict travel. Right now, I’m not recommending you go out and see Australia, but this episode is about much more than that – and curiously, a lot of what we discuss about recovering from a big event is eerily relevant for what I hope life will be like after this clears up.

Show notes: Episode 179 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Australian Tourism After the Bushfires

January 2020 was a horrible time for Australia – 186,000 square kilometres of Australia burnt in bushfires (that’s an area half the size of Germany); 34 people lost their lives and they estimate up to a billion animals perished. Yep – it was awful, and the aftermath has been awful for the tourism industry too, because many people had to cancel trips during our peak travel season.

So, what to do? I’ll put on an episode later in the year about the specific parts of Australia you can travel to in order to help out with bushfire recovery but for now, I’ve interviewed two Australian women who have told me all about the efforts to restore tourism so far, and talked about the far-reaching effects – and possibly some benefits – arising out of the post-bushfire chaos.

First up, I chat with Louise Southerden, firstly about some of the great tourism initiatives helping out and then about the bigger picture and the opportunity to do good. Lou also touches on the Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency movement, which we will talk about more in a later episode, too.

Next I talk with Caro Ryan who lives in the heart of one of the areas seriously affected by the bushfires, the beautiful Blue Mountains in New South Wales. We also chat about the great innovations in tourism since the fires and also the bigger picture and hopes for the future.

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Australian Tourism After the Bushfires - The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

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