“If people are wondering how they can support the Blue Mountains the answer is quite simple – come up and enjoy yourselves… it’s a win-win for everyone.” Image: Sam Mooy. Source: News Limited. Earlier this week, forecasters had warned that fires in the region could join together to form a ‘megafire’, forcing the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to urge visitors to stay away. Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism chairman Randall Walker asked all tourism operators in the region to inform their customers to stay away on Wednesday given the severity of conditions. “Anyone who does not have an important reason to be in the Blue Mountains tomorrow, do not be there,” NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said earlier this week. While the Fairmont Resort MGallery in Leura was not directly affected by the fires, the hotel has reported losses to leisure and conference business, due to the disruptions to regular travel. Source = ETB News: P.T. The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney, will face a tough road to recovery, not just in terms of property damage but significant losses to the tourism industry. The RFS has warned it may take weeks for the fires in the mountains to be totally extinguished. “It’s now very important that tourists and conference groups support the area in its recovery phase by maintaining their travel plans over the next few months,” Fairmont Resort MGallery general manager Bernie Boller said. However, with the emergency situation now downgraded, roads re-opened and milder weather on the way, hoteliers have begun returning to full operations.