Tourism vouchers again up for grabs

Tourism vouchers again up for grabs




Two more rounds of the Great State voucher scheme are being offered.


TODAY, a fifth round of the state government's Great State vouchers is being offered, with a sixth round in the works for next Monday as well.

The ballot for the fifth round, featuring Great State Experiences Vouchers, opened today and lucky recipients will be announced on Thursday (September 16).

They will receive vouchers of up to $200 off participating tours and experiences across the state, with bookings needing to be made prior to October 14, for travel between September 17 and November 28.

While on Monday, September 20, the ballot for round six - Great State Accommodation Vouchers - opens and will provide $100 vouchers for use on participating CBD and North Adelaide hotels and $50 vouchers for use on accommodation across suburban and regional SA.

These two round are open exclusively to South Australians and is expected to have an estimated economic impact of more than $90 million.

Premier Steven Marshall said the tens of thousands of vouchers would get South Australians travelling and spending with businesses across the state, helping create and sustain SA jobs.

"With over 90,000 vouchers available for use across our state's tourism industry from now until December, we're injecting millions into our state's visitor economy at a pivotal time," he said.

"Data shows time and time again that this is a proven tourism stimulus with an incredible return on investment. It generates bookings for businesses, gets staff rostered on, and creates a spending flow-on in cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs.

"Until we get closer to our vaccination target, we're all about boosting intrastate tourism. We know there is pent up demand. People want to get out and support the thousands of family businesses who have been doing it tough in the past 18 months."

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SA Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said the agency had again worked with industry to ensure this stimulus was delivered when and where it was needed.

"City hotels told us they wanted the vouchers in the hands of consumers as soon as possible, so we've expedited round six and will get people booking overnight stays in less than a fortnight - this is going to drive people and dollars back into the CBD," he said.

"Springtime in SA is a perfect time to plan a getaway - we have the Bloom collective, great events in our regions and city, wineries and cellar doors in full swing. It's time to lock away a local holiday with all the add-ons.

"We've got a great track record of safe travel and low restrictions - so there is never a better time to get out and about, book a stay and explore. There are some amazing tour operators who can show you parts of SA that you might never have even know existed - let a local take you out and give you the five-star treatment."

SA-owned and operated Majestic Hotels and Apartments will have all six of its hotels in the sixth Great State Voucher round.

"Another round of the Great State accommodation vouchers will be instrumental in stimulating recovery and provide the much-needed assistance to the local tourism industry," Majestic Hotels and Apartments CEO Eoin Loftus said.

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