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Natural Disasters and Events

Extreme natural events (ENE) have occurred at considerable frequency in Australia over the past 150 years and many have caused significant damage and impacts on tourism. Such events include cyclones, storms, floods, bushfires, droughts and earthquakes. Read more

Extreme natural events (ENE) have occurred at considerable frequency in Australia over the past 150 years and many have caused significant damage and impacts on tourism. Such events include cyclones, storms, floods, bushfires, droughts and earthquakes. The often-widespread nature of these ENE means that national parks and other protected areas are also subject to the impacts of these events. ENEs are predicted to increase in frequency and intensity along the east coast of Australia as global climate change continues.

Recent research into the impacts of bushfires on visitation to alpine national parks indicates that:

  • Tour operators experience significant negative financial impacts;
  • The negative nature of media coverage is not balanced with positive stories on recovery;
  • Operators are well informed about emergency response plans;
  • Direct financial assistance to operators is very rare;
  • The impacts of fires are not a barrier to future visitation for existing and potential visitors, and
  • Clearer communication and more proactive media liaison is required post fire.
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