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US issues Australia travel alert

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Norwegian Cruise Lines is supporting bushfire relief efforts in Australia.
Norwegian Cruise Lines is supporting bushfire relief efforts in Australia.

WASHINGTON - The United States is warning its citizens to exercise increased caution when travelling to Australia. The US provides around 800,000 tourists to Australia each year.

Tourism Australia's representatives and our diplomatic network are also working with travel wholesalers and other partners around the world to address any misunderstandings and help them to continue to sell the many amazing experiences of Australia,– Australia’s Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham

The US Department of State upgraded its travel advisory for Australia to "level two", placing it on the same travel advisory level as Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

"Tourists should consider postponing their trip to affected areas until the danger of natural disaster has passed," it declared, noting fires "may continue" until April.

Australia’s Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said Australian authorities would over coming months convey the message in key markets that Australia is still open for business.

“Most destinations around Australia remain safe and are unaffected by bushfires," he told the ABC.

"Tourism Australia's representatives and our diplomatic network are also working with travel wholesalers and other partners around the world to address any misunderstandings and help them to continue to sell the many amazing experiences of Australia,” the minister said.

Australia has suspended its advertising campaign in the UK featuring Kylie Minogue due to the bushfire crisis.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, has become the latest company to support the Australian bushfire appeal.  

NCCL has committed A$250,000 (US$172,000) to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

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