More than $18 million has been generated into the Territory’s tourism sector, as a result of the Territory Labor Government’s Territory Tourism Voucher scheme.
The vouchers were first announced in June 2020, to encourage Territorians to explore their own backyards and support the local tourism industry, while interstate borders were closed.
The success of the highly-popular first round has since led to two additional instalments, which have helped keep tourism ticking over during the traditionally low season.
In round 1, which ran from 1 July – 31 October 2020:
· 24,700 vouchers were redeemed
· $9.7 million was generated into the economy
In round 2, which ran from 2 November – 31 January 2021:
· 20,000 vouchers were redeemed
· $7.6 million was generated into the economy
For both rounds of the scheme, staycations proved the most popular for Territorians, with almost 50% of round 1 and 60% of round 2 vouchers spent on accommodation. Fishing charters, boat hire and tour services were also popular.
The third round of the Territory Tourism Voucher scheme is currently being rolled out, and so far almost 1,900 vouchers have been redeemed, generating an additional $896,000 into the economy.
Territorians who receive a voucher have 14 days to redeem it.
Unredeemed vouchers will be returned to the pool and be re-issued to Territorians on the waitlist, with all travel and experiences to be completed by 30 April 2021.
Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Natasha Fyles:
“These vouchers have been a lifeline for our tourism sector – they’ve kept business afloat and Territorians in jobs.
“We know how hard the industry has suffered as a result of international and interstate border closures, and this is why we introduced this popular scheme.
“Territorians have been incredible in exploring their backyards, and backing local.
“The pandemic is still very real, and with the return of international travel off the cards for the foreseeable future, we know we must keep doing everything we can to support our tourism operators.”