Register for a $200 voucher to spend on accommodation, attractions or tours in regional Victoria.
Good news explorers, the first of the $200 travel vouchers to encourage Victorians to holiday within their state this Christmas break will be rolled out from 10 on Friday, December 11.
Last month, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the package ahead of the state budget and on Thursday, Minister for Tourism Martin Pakula confirmed the first 40,000 travel vouchers will be available tomorrow to help families get out to regional Victoria for the summer, providing the added incentive for Victorians to support regional communities hard hit by bushfires, pandemic and other challenges this year.
The vouchers will be rollout out in tranches, with 40,000 vouchers valued at $200 each redeemable for travel between Saturday, 12 December and Friday, 22 January – providing a major boost for the operators of accommodation and tourism businesses across the state in the peak summer holiday period.
Successful applicants are able to redeem their voucher after they have travelled, ensuring cash flows immediately to regional businesses.
Additional lots of 40,000 vouchers will become available on 20 January for travel between 27 January and 1 April and on 30 March for travel between 6 April and 31 May – spreading the benefits for regional communities well into the year. Any vouchers not used in the first two rounds will be added to the third round.
The $28 million Regional Travel Voucher Scheme is part of the multi-pronged $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package, which also provides almost $300 million to improve infrastructure in iconic locations including Gippsland, the Great Ocean Road, Wilsons Promontory and the Grampians and invest in new tourism projects.
The voucher scheme is open to victorian residents aged 18 or over when they spend a minimum $400 on accommodation, experiences or tours in regional Victoria in specified periods. Vouchers will be limited to one per household and travellers will be required to spend at least two nights in paid accommodation in regional Victoria to qualify for the scheme.
Victorians will register through the Business Victoria website and if successful, be provided with a link to redeem the voucher after their travel is completed. Vouchers will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
To apply for the voucher scheme, visit business.vic.gov.au/travelvouchers from 10am, Friday 11 December.
For more information, visit the Premier website.
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