SA releases its third round of travel vouchers across the state
The third round of travel vouchers have been released, targeting hosted tours and experiences across South Australia to help create jobs and boost the affected tourism sector.
These travel vouchers are part of the Great State Voucher program, which created over 62,000 room night bookings and flow-on spending of more than $32 million into the state’s visitor economy.
The program will provide $50, $100 and $200 vouchers for use on participating hosted tours and experiences across South Australia. Around 500 operators are expected to register their experiences in the program.
Premier Steven Marshall said the stimulus for tour and experience operators will help give them a kick-start once JobKeeper ends.
“We know the first two voucher rounds injected more than $32 million into the state’s visitor economy, getting people out and spending on hospitality across SA and resurrecting tourism in our state,” Premier Marshall said.
“Expanding the scheme to direct cash flow into South Australian tour and experience businesses following the busy Easter period and after the JobKeeper subsidy ends is the right support at the right time.
EscapeGoat Adventures’s owner and operator Deborah Fehler said the vouchers will be a bonus to their family-owned business of operating mountain bike tours out of the Adelaide Hills.
“This round of vouchers means we can show locals why a day-trip tour is worth their while,” Fehler said.
“The vouchers mean we can get some much-needed extra business, during what we expected to be a very quiet start to the winter.”
Managing Director of The Glass Half Full Tours Michael Errey said the voucher system is a chance to push locals to book with his luxury food and wine experience business.
Paul Beck, Helivista’s owner and operator, said his luxury helicopter tour company can now grow its local market base thanks to the vouchers.
Sandra Markos from Gorge Wildlife Park said that while the park is doing well during school holidays and on weekends, the vouchers can give locals a reason to visit the Park more.
The latest round of vouchers will see locals spending on tours and experiences which they ordinarily might have overlooked while holidaying at home.
As with round two of the vouchers, a limited number of the vouchers will be available for some interstate tourists.
The Great State Experiences Voucher will launch after the peak tourism Easter and April school holiday period and will be bookable seven days a week to boost the traditionally quieter winter months.
A new process for obtaining a voucher will ensure a fair and equitable distribution. More details will be released for consumers following the completion of Expressions of Interest for operators to participate.
“We know tour and experience operators have seen a downturn in business that is not restricted to mid-week like accommodation providers, so this round of vouchers can be used for the entire travel period and includes the July school holidays, which means South Australian families can make the very most of experiencing their great state,” Premier Marshall said.