State Government announces natural disaster resilience help for tourism industry

The NSW Government has launched a set of new guides to bolster tourism business resilience to  bushfires and other natural disasters, said Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh. 

The guides provide information on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural  disasters. They have been developed by Destination NSW in collaboration with Resilience NSW and  the NSW Rural Fire Service in response to recommendations from the NSW Bushfire Inquiry. 

The development of the guides also aligns with the NSW Visitor Economy Strategy 2030, which  commits to the delivery of programs that assist businesses to be resilient and recover from natural  disasters. 

Mr Singh encourages local tourism businesses to be proactive about emergency response and  management. 

“Reading these new materials, created specifically for tourism businesses, and actioning the advice  could be the difference between your business surviving a disaster or not,” Mr Singh said. 

“We owe it to our community to be ready for any number of emergency situations so we can be safe  and sustainable into the future.” 

The advice in these guides comes from three NSW Government agencies which have extensive  knowledge of emergency response, overcoming adversity and the visitor economy. 

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Stuart Ayres

“Given the complex landscape of managing visitors on site, incoming visitors, staff and suppliers, the  guides provide straightforward and practical advice to help tourism businesses keep everyone safe  and informed,” said Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres (above). 

“With NSW responding so positively to the call to get vaccinated, we’re hopeful for a bumper  summer of visitation across the State, so we encourage businesses to use this time now to prepare  before guests arrive.” 

To access the guides, go to www.destinationnsw.com.au/NSWFirst.  

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The above is a Media Release from the Office of Gurmesh Singh, MLC for Coffs Harbour.

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