The Victorian government is expecting the first 40,000 regional travel vouchers to be snapped up quickly when they are released on Friday morning.
Under the $28 million scheme, the government will provide 120,000 vouchers, valued at $200 each, in a bid to kickstart tourism spending to help regional Victoria rebound after the coronavirus lockdown.
The first 40,000 of the vouchers will be available on Friday and can be used for travel between December 12 and January 22.
The vouchers will be redeemed after people travel to regional Victoria, and spend at least $400 on accommodation, experiences or tours.
Tourism and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula said he expected there to be very high demand for the vouchers.
“For this first tranche, I would expect demand to outstrip supply – that’s been the experience in other parts of the country,” he said.
“We’ve tried to be generous but 40,000 is the limit for the first tranche and each tranche.”
“It’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy an extra night’s accommodation on the weekend getaway, or experience one of our many tours or attractions,” Mr Pakula said.
Vouchers will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis through the Business Victoria website from 10.00am on Friday.
The vouchers are limited to one per household, and travellers will be required to spend at least two nights in paid accommodation in regional Victoria.
People can apply for the vouchers even if they’ve already booked their accommodation.
Travel to the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley is eligible to be redeemed, even though parts of those areas were included in metropolitan Melbourne during the Stage 4 lockdown.