Tourist Industry Supports Australian Bushfire Relief

  • 04:38 AM, 15 Jan, 2020

Australian Spirit Soars Raises $20,000 in First 24 Hours Global Travel Auction Supporting Australian Bushfire Relief

Élysée Collective and World Resorts of Distinction (WRD) have joined forces to launch Australian Spirit Soars, a silent auction in aid of the devastating bushfires that have wreaked havoc to the country's rural communities and native wildlife. 

Teaming up with their band of exceptional clients, many of which are shared between Élysée Collective WRD  as PR and Sales & Marketing clients respectively, , the two week initiative will continue until 5pm on Monday, 27 January, with all proceeds being directed to WIRES Wildlife Rescue who are working tirelessly to help save and protect Australia's animals.

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“The travel industry is a close knit one, both in Australia and around the world. In light of these tragic events our country have faced, we've been amazed at the support shown from around the world to help our nation in this time of crisis,” Élysée Collective Director Alice Moore said.

The environment and climate change is something very much at the heart of the travel companies involved.

“Our beloved country is burning, and its inhabitants are choking. More than 250 metric tonnes of CO2, half our annual output, have been emitted as a result of these fires, making the effect on our planet, animals and the environment catastrophic. We are beyond grateful our travel industry friends from around the world are so eager to help in any way they can,” WRD CEO Tess Willcox said.

Presently 15 luxury travel packages - with more anticipated to come on board - have been contributed to the auction by some of the world's most esteemed resorts, hotels and lodges including Aman, Soneva, Raes on Wategos, Nihi Sumba, Bawah Reserve, Vakkaru Maldives, Tokoriki Island Resort, Resplendent Ceylon, Sinalei Reef Resort and many more.

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Examples available include a 5-night stay at Soneva Fushi or Soneva Kiri, a 2-night stay at Raes on Wategos, a 5-night stay at Nihi Sumba and a 5-night stay at Bawah Reserve. Packages vary in value from USD $690 to USD$22,000 USD. Terms and Conditions apply.

Since launching less than 24 hours ago, the auction has raised more than USD$20,000

For information on the auction and how to bid,


Applies to bookings from 7-31 January 2020

7 January 2020….In view of the catastrophic bush fires happening across Australia, Echo Resorts in Sabah has pledged to donate 30% of  their hotel booking proceeds booked online to the Wildlife Rescue Australia (WIRES).  

Echo Resorts comprises Gayana Marine Resort and Bunga Raya Island Resort on Gaya Island and the newly opened Borneo Eagle Resort on Pulau Tiga in Sabah, East Malaysia. 30% of proceeds from all new bookings for Echo Resorts coming in from 7-31  January 2020 will be donated to WIRES. This is valid for stays booked till 30 June 2020 and applies only to bookings made through the official website: .  All proceeds from the online Echo Store selling made-in-Borneo products at the Resorts  will also go towards WIRES. 

WIRES is an organisation dedicated to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. It has been estimated that half a billion animals have been killed in New South Wales alone with many more injured and homeless. 

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Gillian Tan, Echo Resorts Owner Representative, remarked, “We, at Echo Resorts, like everyone else around the world, are absolutely devastated at the loss of lives and animals caused by the raging fires in Australia. We hope that our proceeds will help in some way to contribute to the wildlife rescue efforts. Our hearts go out to Australia and we urge our guests to join us in this spirit of solidarity.” 

About Echo Resorts                                                                                                                                           

ECHO is the acronym for Ecology, Culture, Hospitality and Ownership. The brand logo is represented by a tree of life, which symbolizes harmony with nature, our people, traditional culture and values. Formed in 2007, Echo Resorts is a family owned and run business driven by strong family values with interests ranging from hospitality, environmental conservation and wellness. Its first acquisition was the Gayana Marine Resort on Gaya Island off the Sabah coast in East Malaysia in 2007, followed by the Bunga Raya Island Resort in 2009 and Borneo Eagle Resort in 2018. The group also comprises the Green-Os (organic vegetable farm), Borneo Eco Fish(aquaculture), the Marine Ecology Research Centre; and the Bukit Harapan Home for disabled/autistic children and single mothers. Echo Resorts also owns Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, Bespoke Hotel, Alu Alu Kitchen, Echo Adventures, Swiss Wellness Centre, Klinik Gayana and Gayana Pharma.

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