How the global travel industry can help Australia and Queensland – an

first_imgI live in Noosa in SE Queensland and yes, we have had a lot of rain with some localised flooding and yes, there are areas in Queensland that have had a really terrible time with massive flooding, but some media reports have tended to be rather generalist and sensationalist and I do wish that they would take the time to get their facts right.The reality on the ground is that there are massive areas of Australia and Queensland that are totally unaffected by the recent flooding, including the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Tropical North Queensland and many other areas that depend on tourism for their livelihood.The vast majority of roads and airports in Queensland did not close; Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast airports remained open at all times.Roads in the massive state of Queensland are open with exception of some areas in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, some western areas and other badly affected areas. Tourism Noosa chief executive Steve Cooper told me yesterday that heavy rain which caused some minor localised flooding near the Noosa River had no other impact on tourism whatsoever.    “The rain is now gone, we have beautiful blue skies, it is 30 degrees, perfect Noosa weather”, Mr Cooper said. “Business is great, but we encourage more Australians and international visitors to  come and visit Noosa and have a great Noosa holiday.”With some doom and gloom merchants saying Queensland tourism is likely to incur a loss of about $100 million, others like Mr Cooper are saying, in the true Aussie spirit, let’s roll our sleeves up and make sure that visitors continue coming to Queensland.Daniel Gschwind, CEO of Queensland Tourism Industry Council said,  “There are many cancellations taking place, where it is not necessary to cancel trips”.Tourism Australia has also spoken out to reassure overseas travellers that major tourism areas in and outside of Queensland have not been affected by the floods, reminding the global trade that the Australian continent is huge – actually around the size of the USA, and whilst the floods are widespread in affected areas, the reality is that they are restricted to a relatively small part of the country. Tourism Australia are advising travellers to contact their travel agent, tour operator or accommodation providers before cancelling or changing their plans, so it is in our hands to show that it is business as usual in massive parts of Australia, including Queensland; travellers should still travel.The majority of international travel destinations in Australia, including Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne and Uluru are all completely unaffected.So e-Travel Blackboard readers, now is the time to punch out the message to all your friends, colleagues, clients, business contacts, in Australia and globally that it is business as usual in Queensland and Australia!Emails make it so easy to communicate today, so how about spending an hour emailing all your contacts in Australia and around the world with an Aussie and Queensland business as usual message?  I have done just that to my massive contacts database all over the world and have had a fantastic response.Go for it Australia!Our hearts go out to the people affected by the recent flooding. If you want to donate money or even raise money along with your colleagues, friends and clients then you can do so through: Industry Insider Commentary and Opinion by John Alwyn-Jones, e-Travel Blackboard Special Correspondent Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.A.Jlast_img read more