A Payneham resident who booked a holiday with Travel Associates on The Parade has described winning $1000 of free travel as “wonderful and extremely exciting”.
Marion Hunter said she was “absolutely flabbergasted and over the moon” when she was announced as one of four weekly winners in the Book a Holiday – Win a Holiday competition.
The month long competition is an initiative of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and the Norwood Parade Precinct Committee.
It was created to help boost the struggling travel sector, which has been significantly impacted as a result of the covid pandemic.
Mayor Robert Bria, who is also the Presiding Member of the Norwood Parade Precinct Committee, said Book a Holiday – Win a Holiday provides direct support and stimulation to the following travel agencies located on The Parade:
- Phil Hoffmann Travel
- Top Deck Travel
- Travel Associates
“The premise behind the competition is simple: when you book with your local, trusted, travel agent you will be supporting local jobs,” Mayor Bria said.
Ms Hunter said she originally booked a holiday with Travel Associates to go to Melbourne later in the year.
“Now, as a result of winning the $1000 voucher, I am going to take my daughter, Zara, either on a Luxury Escape in SA or put it towards going to Tasmania. We are both so excited and very grateful,” Ms Hunter said.
“Covid has changed our travel possibilities but this has made me realise how many wonderful places I still have to explore in Australia, and in particular, South Australia.
“I always use Travel Associates at Norwood. It provides peace of mind if travel plans unexpectedly change and it’s easier than doing it myself,” she said.
So far, there have been 12 x $1000 travel vouchers given to lucky holiday-makers who have spent a minimum of $200 at any of the four agencies located on The Parade.
“While many other businesses along The Parade have rebounded quite well – travel agencies are still feeling the impacts of the pandemic,” Mayor Bria said.
“It may be a long time before frequent international travel returns and, in the meantime, the Council wants to do whatever it can to help the local economy.”
The competition is delivered through the funds collected from The Parade Separate Rate and is outlined in The Parade Precinct’s Annual Business Plan.