Practical advice to improve bushfire preparedness and protect the Visitor Economy

Expert speakers and panel have been announced for the for the first seminar on tourism and bushfires ‘Bushfire Preparedness for the Tourism Industry: Managing the Visitor Economy’ . This is being run by the Tourism Industry Council NSW and the ICRT-Australia in Sydney on 28th November.

The recent bushfire events in NSW and its economic impact on tourism and communities have been well reported. How can we better prepare destinations and the tourism industry? The Tourism Industry Council of NSW, together with the ICRT-Australia are running a special seminar on bushfire preparedness and tourism for senior tourism professionals and tourism operators.

The expert panel include:


  • Dr Sarah Perkins, from the Climate Change Research Centre (UNSW), will outline extreme weather event trends and impact for bushfires
  • Dr Stuart Toplis from Tourism Victoria who will share how the Victorian tourism industry has tackled the challenges of preparedness.
  • Dr David Beirman, University of Technology Sydney, will discuss preparedness for recovery and terms of business
  • Tony Jarrett, acting community officers of the Rural Fire Service, will provide insights into community involvement
  • Randle Walker, chair of Blue Mountains Tourism will report on the economic impacts for toruism from the recent fires
  • Caroline Bollrich (ICRT) will report on her research findings of how prepared torjsim operators actually are and the barriers for improvement
  • Christopher Warren, director of the ICRT-Australia will discuss tourism’s responsibility to protect assets and communities and how prevention can turned into business opportunities.

“The seminar includes findings from a unique ICRT research study of 30 South Coast NSW tourism operators in a rural community. This makes the seminar of particular value because it demonstrates the challenges tourism faces to improve preparedness. It also indicates actions required from destination management planning and local government’s role,” says Christopher Warren, director of the ICRT-Australia.

This is a practical seminar that will offer guidance and advice to tourism professionals and tourism owners to protect the visitor economy. There are three Q&A sessions with the expert panel.

The Tourism Industry Council of NSW would very much welcome your support at this seminar next Thursday 28th November in Sydney. It is an important and timely subject and we would welcome your participation to help make tourism and the visitor economy more secure and sustainable.

To book please click here to download the Credit Card form and return back to Candice Scharkie via email [email protected] Alternatively if you would like further information please email Candice or contact her on 02 9458 7008.