The State Government is incentivising South Australian travel with the release of travel vouchers this morning.
Around the State, 235 accommodation providers have signed up for the ‘Great State’ tourism voucher scheme, which offers rooms at $100 less a night in the Adelaide CBD and $50 less a night for regional and suburban accommodation providers.
Premier Steven Marshall is urging South Australians to get online between now and October 31 to register for vouchers to support the struggling sector.
“The tourism sector, and accommodation providers in the CBD in particular, have been hit hard since COVID-19 hit and it’s vital that we all work together to boost this sector back up and most importantly, bring back the jobs that have been lost," Premier Marshall said.
The vouchers are valid for travel from 15 October to 11 December 2020.
In August, the State Opposition proposed a $200 voucher scheme, similar to an initiative used in the Northern Territory, which would have covered the entire state of SA.
Shadow Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison said the State Government's offer is too restrictive and ignores large sections of the tourism industry.
"The South Australian Government uses southaustralia.com as a booking referral website, and these vouchers only apply to 3% of these listings," Shadow Minister Bettison said.
While the website has 9087 listings on the government-run website, only 235 accommodation providers are listed under the program.
"I call on the Premier to provide assistance to the broader tourism industry – to save jobs and small business."
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