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Monday, 2 March 2009

Tourism Industry Unites to Support Bushfires

In response to Victoria’s devastating bushfires, Victoria’s top tourism attractions will be donating their general admissions takings on the Labour Day Holiday -- March 9th 2009 -- to the Red Cross’ Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.

With the generous level of support of the industry thus far, it is anticipated that many hundreds of thousands of dollars will be raised, and families will be encouraged to come together and celebrate the public holiday.

Participating tourism attractions that will be donating all their gate and admission takings on the day include:-
• Werribee Park Mansion
• National Rhododendron Gardens
• Wilsons Promontory National Park (subject to bushfire activity)
• Sovereign Hill
• Eureka SkyDeck 88
• Champions Racing Museum
• Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
• Healesville Sanctuary
• Cooks Cottage
• SurfWorld, Torquay
• Cape Otway Light Station
• Montsalvat, Eltham
• Yuulong Lavendar Estate Farm
• Mt Buffalo National Park
• Adventure Park, Geelong
• Buchan Caves
• William Ricketts Sanctuary
• Central Deborah Gold Mine (Bendigo Trust)
• City Museum at Old Treasury Melbourne
• Peninsula Hotsprings, Rye

Additionally, many tourism operators will be giving generously on the day as well with donations.

“This is the tourism industry’s chance to show its generosity towards the bushfire recovery effort,” Tourism Alliance Victoria CEO Anthony McIntosh said yesterday. “This is about families enjoying the best of what Victoria has to offer, and, of course, there's no better day to go out and see Victoria than on a public holiday.''

Dozens of tourist destinations were severely affected by the Black Saturday fires, including many within the Yarra Valley, Gippsland and the North-East.

“The fires have hit the tourism industry hard. Many tourism businesses have suffered closure, cancellations or had to offer refunds. So, this is a way we can contribute and stand together,'' Mr McIntosh said.

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