Book a Recovery Weekend in Regional NSW

January 24, 2020 3:35 pm

Businesses, tourism operators and local councils throughout the state have shared good news of being ‘back in business’ this week, with the majority welcoming visitors back to enjoy the delights of our towns, villages and natural attractions.

Among them was Eden which today welcomed its first cruise ship for 2020 – the 2,000 passenger Norwegian Jewel – marking a turning point in the recovery for this vibrant South Coast community. The port was closed earlier this month while bushfires were active in the area, however today’s arrival signals that 100% of NSW’s ports are now open for business.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) managing director Australasia Joel Katz said the arrival of Norwegian Jewel in Eden is proof of the resilience of regional communities and tourism operators.

“More than 60 cruise ships will call on Australian ports over the current summer season and the fact they’re all continuing to operate as scheduled will help lift confidence in many parts of the tourism industry,” Mr Katz said.

Kosciuszko National Park is reopening in stages, with the Mount Kosciuszko Summit Walk, Kosciuszko Walk, Main Range Walk and Illawong Walk now accessible in sections. The Rural Fire Service has advised that Thredbo Village and resort, Blowering campgrounds, Island Bend campground and multiple hiking trails are also open to visitors.

Waterfalls in the Blue Mountains are now active and most tourist sites are operating as usual. Key sites within Blue Mountains National Park are open including Govetts Leap lookout and the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Fairfax Track, Evans Leap Lookout, Katoomba/Leura/Wentworth Falls walking tracks, Empress Falls and canyon, Glenbrook precinct, Victoria Falls Road fire trail and more.

Tourism operators are reminded to sign-up to Destination NSW’s Get Connected website membership program. With Get Connected, operators can showcase their tourism product on Destination NSW’s consumer websites free of charge and tap into over 1.7 million potential customers a month, both domestic and international – that’s 21.4 million people a year who are looking for tourism products.

With so much on offer, now is the perfect time to support regional NSW by booking a getaway that gives back.

Destination NSW is calling on the public to take a #RecoveryWeekend in and around NSW – enjoy a road trip, head to the coast, explore inland or return to a favourite destination. Visitors can feel good and do good at the same time when they take a short break in regional NSW.

Staying and buying locally will give communities a significant boost that has immediate and long-lasting impact.

For inspiration and advice, go to visitnsw.com or check out our Instagram @visitnsw and Facebook.

Travellers are advised to refer to the RFS Fires Near Me app or website for the latest advice, with alerts in place for Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Snowy Monaro and Snowy Valley local government areas.

Tourism operators who have been impacted by the bushfires should refer to Service NSW’s bushfire customer care centre for comprehensive advice about various support programs.

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