'Right Now We Need Our Friends': QLD Premier Asks Trump To Send Over U.S. Tourists Amid Bushfires
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has reportedly pleaded in a letter for President Donald Trump to revise U.S. travel warnings for Australia.
The U.S. State Department last week put out a new warning for Americans to consider postponing their travel to Australia with disastrous bushfires ravaging the country.
But the premier has passionately pleaded with the American leader to reconsider the warning, which could be damaging to the tourism industry at a delicate time.
Palaszczuk told Trump she was "deeply concerned" to learn the U.S. travel department had upgraded their travel advice warning for Australia.
"The last thing we need is for international tourists to think that the entire country of Australia is not safe to visit," Palaszczuk wrote.
"We have large parts of our beautiful country that are not affected and would love to welcome American tourists here.
"I urge you to change the travel advice for American tourists looking to visit Australia. Right now we need our friends."
Many of Queensland and Australia's hardest-hit bushfire areas are regions where the tourism industry dominates.
10 Daily has reached out to the QLD Premier's department for comment.