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New research shows that 80% of us yearn for a vacation. With vaccination rates rising, lockdowns easing, and COVID fatigue here, various states are offering vouchers to boost the tourism and hospitality sectors.

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Dinner at the State Restaurant and travel vouchers

Most vouchers and incentives tend to focus on our most decimated industries – tourism and hospitality. A few states offer vouchers for restaurant meals, as well as for travel items such as accommodations and experiences.

Here are the details:

New South Wales vouchers

NSW has two programs – “Dine & Discover” and “Stay & Resdiscover”. The first is for reception and the second for accommodation.

The last Dine & Discover vouchers expired at the end of July, but more are expected in December.

They provided up to four $25 vouchers (not stackable) to spend at restaurants

Stay & Rediscover vouchers will be offered starting in November, providing a single $50 voucher to spend on accommodation in the state.

Both are open to all NSW residents over the age of 18.

More information can be found here: www.service.nsw.gov.au/stay-rediscover

Victoria – Regional Travel Voucher Program

Victoria previously encouraged residents to head to the area with the regional travel voucher program. However, the latest wave of lockdowns has largely put the kabosh on it.

That said, a new set of 80,000 vouchers should be available soon.

Previous interpretations covered accommodation, entrance fees to tourist visits (such as museums) and visits to regional Victoria, the Yarra Ranges and the Mornington Peninsula. So if you wanted to see where Harold Holt disappeared and stay a few nights in Portsea, you’re in luck.

Each voucher gave a maximum refund of $200, but you had to spend at least $400 on eligible activities (i.e. a 50% refund). For accommodation, you must stay at least two nights, and it is limited to one voucher per household. You must also travel between qualifying periods (usually outside of school holidays).

More information can be found here: www.vic.gov.au/regional-travel-voucher-scheme

Northern Territory – Territory Tourism Check

The Territory Tourism Voucher program is currently in its fourth version.

From October 4, Top End residents over the age of 18 are eligible to receive up to $200, designed to be used in a host of ‘experiments’.

Residents must contribute up to $200 of their own money to be eligible for the $200 kicker.

Additional vouchers of an additional $200 can also be up for grabs if a resident travels more than 400 km one way for their experience.

More information can be found here: www.tourismnt.com.au/marketing/domestic-marketing/current-campaigns/territory-tourism-voucher

What about other states and territories?

Other states previously offered their own travel voucher programs towards the end of 2020:

  • South Australian “Great State” vouchers

  • Tasmania’s “Buy Something Tasmanian” program

  • Western Australia’s “Wander Voucher” program, and

  • ACT “ChooseCBR” discount program

Queensland – Queensland Discovery Voucher

Queensland residents were previously offered up to $200 in travel vouchers, which expired on October 4.

Discover Queensland also offered eligible attendees a $50 voucher to explore the state. From the Whitsundays to Noosa to the Gold Coast.

The two cents from Savings.com.au

Many of us simply want a vacation. Unfortunately, international borders remain closed at this time, but luckily there’s plenty to offer in our own backyard, with different states and territories offering incentives to get out and explore.

However, there is usually no free lunch with these programs, as you usually need to make a reservation at least double the value of the voucher. But, it’s for a good cause, so if you’re looking for a vacation, it’s worth considering these programs.

Article first published on January 21, 2021, last updated on October 20, 2021.

Photo by Lochlainn Riordan on Unsplash

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