The Australian government said on Sunday that it would invest 74 million Australian dollars (more than 45 million euros) in the tourist industry after this economic setback had been caused by the weeks of forest fires.
In the meantime, fewer than a hundred forest fires are raging in the east and south of Australia. Since September, 29 people and millions of animals have died in the fires.
According to the Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC), the tourist industry has lost nearly 1 billion Australian dollars (620 million euros) as a result of the fires.
The tourism minister Simon Birmingham said Sunday that the $ 74 million is a first investment. "More support and money may be needed to recover from this," said Birmingham.
Tourism is an important part of the Australian economy and accounts for around 3 percent of gross domestic product. The states where the forest fires are raging (Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland) are popular holiday destinations. In addition to the forest fires, the states are struggling with heavy rainfall and floods.
Meteorologists expect that it will still rain heavily on Sundays and Mondays.