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Majority of regional Victoria’s key tourism experiences have not been affected

Tourism in Victoria not blunted by bushfires

Tourism chiefs in Melbourne are reassuring British travellers that the recent bushfires in Victoria have not had an impact on the main tourism areas of the state. Melbourne and the majority of regional Victoria’s key tourism experiences have not been affected by the fire situation – these include the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, the Mornington Peninsula, Daylesford and the Spa Country, the Grampians and the Goldfields.

Melbourne Airport has remained fully operational and airline services in and out of Melbourne have not been impacted. The areas affected by the bushfires are parts of the Yarra Valley, Gippsland and the High Country, all east of Melbourne and at least an hour and a half from the city.

Driven by hot winds of more than 60mph and record temperatures of 46.4C (the highest in 70 years), the recent bushfires will go down as the worst natural disaster in Victoria’s and Australia’s history.

Claire Golding, Tourism Victoria’s Regional Manager UK & Europe, said: “This was a terrible thing to happen but, from a tourism perspective, it does not affect most places that British travellers would visit.

The majority of Victoria’s popular tourist regions, including the city of Melbourne and the iconic Great Ocean Road, have been unscathed by the bushfires. We are liaising with our travel industry partners to keep them and their clients updated on the situation. Our thoughts are with those impacted by the fires.”

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