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Important Information about the Australia Fires
As many of you may have heard in the news, there are parts of Australia have been affected by bushfires. This article is not meant to downplay the seriousness of these recent events; but to provide accurate information to separate the facts from some of the sensationalism and misinformation that is being spread throughout the media.
A Few Facts
- The whole of Australia is NOT on fire.
- The iconic tourist destinations for the Inbound visitors are all safe, with the exception of a part (not even the whole) of Kangaroo Island. There are no fires anywhere near Uluru, Tropical North Queensland, Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.
- The regions/areas tragically affected by the bushfires were all destinations where locals spend summer; the only other impact for international tourists was the self-drive itineraries between Sydney and Melbourne along the coast of NSW and Victoria.
Here is an example of the type of DECEPTION that can be created by media sensationalism, misinformation and not knowing the facts of the entire situation. The flame icons are NOT all fires burning, rather these are ‘hot spots’. For example, this map shows plenty of flame icons in the Northern Territory, yet the official NT Government site has no current warnings and there are currently no fires burning in that region.
Now, look at QLD on the map above and the “reality” map on the Queensland Government Ruralfire site. You can see from the icons that there are no emergency warnings, no watch and act. Just a few small grassfires which are not uncommon this time of the year.
This article meant as an informative guide, to relay the facts, and to separate these facts from some of these extremely inaccurate and exaggerated media reports. Travel team agents are available to help you make informed decisions and plan your dream vacation. Call a travel team agent today at 1-800-788-0829 for more information.
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