Cyclone Debbie to adversely impact Queensland tourism sector

Published on : Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cyclone DebbieA powerful cyclone named Cyclone Debbie has struck the north-eastern coast of Australia, ushering in torrential rains and major damage to the region, leading to power cuts in several households today.

 

It hit the northern portion of Airlie Beach around midday and it is a category four cyclone.

 

The tourism experts of Queensland are anxious that the images of the destruction caused by this natural calamity would deter tourists from visiting the entire state.

 

Daniel Gschwind has warned that it is likely that a majority of travellers would cancel their travel bookings owing to the storm that ravaged the northern parts of the state due to fears that the cyclone’s effects might have ripped apart the entire state. He added that the images of uprooted trees, strong winds all around Australia would make people wrongly assume that entire Queensland is bearing the brunt of the cyclone, feels the chief executive who voiced his fears to the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

 

Mr. Gschwind said that the region of Whitsunday that is inclusive of Hamilton islands and Hayman generate nearly $2 million per day in tourism and about $700 million every year.

 

Therefore, a disaster of this magnitude would obviously have quite a significant impact. He thinks that this message should reach most of the parts of Queensland that are open for business.

 

Cyclone Debbie is the most severe storm to have struck Queensland ever since Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and it was estimated to have claimed the state of $400 million in tourism dollars. Mr. Gschwind said that the local tourism operators and hotel operators were resilient and they ensured that all the visitors to the region were absolutely safe.

 

Gschwind said that the holiday parks and hotels in north Queensland are the best in dealing with such disasters.

 

He also stated that in Mackay, the tourism information centre had reached out to backpackers to ensure that all the tourists had a safe place to wait during the cyclone. Daydream Island Resort said that there was quite a substantial damage to the pontoon and jetty of the resort.

 

Also, there was extensive damage to the vegetation all across the island and many trees were uprooted.

 

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