THOUSANDS of $200 travel vouchers to eligible tourists are set to bring a welcome boost to the Victorian tourism industry.
The Victorian Budget will provide these vouchers under the $28million initiative, but is set to have an even bigger impact in generating funds among struggling communities following a year largely spent in lockdown.
Victorians will be able to apply for the Regional Travel Vouchers as long as they spend at least $400 on accommodation, attractions or tours in regional Victoria.
The initiative will come into play in December to ensure the benefits are felt over summer.
South Barwon MP Darren Cheeseman said this would provide an enormous boost for so many coastal towns and communities within regional Victoria that have felt the pain of a COVID-19 affected 2020.
“In the past month as restrictions have eased, I’ve encouraged Victorians to get out and about to explore our beautiful state. Many regional tourist communities across Victoria are struggling, and their recovery begins right now with a road trip or a holiday,” Mr Cheeseman said.
“This Regional Travel Voucher program will help encourage Victorians to see the wonders of our state and help our local communities get back on their feet.”
Victorian residents will be eligible to apply, however each household is limited to one voucher. Further details on eligible travel period, how to apply and administration will be released in December.
The Victorian Government will work in consultation with Visit Victoria, Regional Tourism Boards and other industry stakeholders including the Victorian Tourism Industry Council to finalise the design of the program.
Furthermore, in response to the recommendations of the Regional Tourism Review, the Government will implement a number of other supports to help the industry thrive, particularly in regional Victoria.
$13.2 million to continue funding the Regional Tourism Boards, $10 million Enabling Tourism Fund to increase private sector investment through the development of new tourism products, among other great investments.