TOURISM RECOVERY: “DINE OUT AND DISCOVER” VOUCHERS DON’T GO FAR ENOUGH
NSW Labor is urging the Government to increase the value of its ‘out and about’ vouchers and expand the scheme to include accommodation and tour providers.
The Shadow Minister for Investment and Tourism Jenny Aitchison said the Government’s package, which is supposed to revitalise tourism-dependent businesses, ignores large sections of the industry.
“This package is woefully inadequate. It blatantly ignores hundreds of struggling businesses across NSW. What about accommodation providers and tourism experiences, such as guided and coach tour operators?” Ms Aitchison asked.
Ms Aitchison also warned the $25 limit per voucher must be bolstered to make a meaningful difference to the NSW economy.
“Tourism operators are hurting from the drought, catastrophic bush fires, floods and the pandemic. On top of that, the loss of international visitors has left a gaping hole in their revenue.”
Ms Aitchison added the pilot program must be extended to regional NSW, with vouchers issued much sooner than January 2021.
“Why delay? Businesses are crying out for help and some may not survive without urgent action. Other States are already been doing this, even Victoria will have a similar program up and running before Christmas.”
What Labor is calling for:
- The vouchers to be extended to include accommodation providers and tourism experiences
- The amount of each voucher to be increased
- The scheme to be launched before Christmas
- Pilot to include regional NSW
- Clarity on which businesses are included and who’ll receive the vouchers