This week I returned from a 3-week trip to my home in the USA, and I was struck by the number of Americans who asked with concern about the Aussie bushfires across the country. They wanted to know how I was doing, how my business was doing, and how my country was doing.
As our tours continue to run in Melbourne, our guide team expressed interest in helping out and have also reported back stories of customers wanting to know how to help.
Here are 3 ways you can help our today.
3. Travel Australia
Despite dire situations in parts of rural Australia, the vast majority of the country remains open for business. In fact, what the country needs most right is dollars flowing into the economy. Tourism Australia put out a great resource for planning your travels — this document lets you know all the areas that aren’t effected by bushfire.
For the areas that are effected, once the fires do pass make sure to pay a visit to some of the towns most in need of economic stimulation.
2. Share your experiences in Australia
If you’re reading this, you’ve been on one of our tours, or you’re considering joining us on your planned Aussie trip.
In this day and age, the power of social media is a great way to let others know about the great time you had in the past, or your excitement for visiting in the future. Let your friends know that Australia remains an excellent destination for travel. (Did you catch the great new tourism ad released to Brits?)
The travel industry here in Australia has banded together to launch a campaign to raise money for those affected.
We’ve set up a fundraising page raising money with the Australian Red Cross and we’d love to invite you to contribute to such an important cause.
Any donation, big or small, is a huge help. Skipping the $5 Subway or $10 bottle of wine would not just help financially, but politically. The more people who donate from around the world, the more we can demonstrate the global support to governmental bodies that control the purse strings.
As an industry we’re aiming to raise $250,000, a huge amount. Can we do it? With your help yes!
Walks 101 has kicked in a $1,000 donation to get the ball rolling — will you chip in a bit also?