The Victorian government will hand out a fourth round of regional Victoria travel vouchers.
Acting Premier James Merlino announced a $32.2 million tourism support package.
The package includes $16 million to provide a fourth release of regional Victoria tourism vouchers, $11.8 million to top up tourism supplements for operators and $4.4 million for the alpine support package.
“A $16 million investment will fund a fourth release of popular regional travel vouchers – 10,000 new vouchers and 70,000 vouchers allocated through previous rounds but not claimed,” the Victorian government said in a statement.
The new regional Victoria travel vouchers will equate to about $2 million. Not the total $16 million as stated by the Acting Premier.
The vouchers will be worth $200 each. Their release date is yet to be announced.
Mr Merlino said the new package was particularly important because there will be different settings for regional Victorian and metropolitan Melbourne. This includes the upcoming long weekend.
The $11.8 million tourism supplement top-up will offer an additional $7,000 in business support.
The alpine support package will offer grants of up to $15,000 to on-mountain operators. Off-mountain operators linked to the ski season can claim grants of up to $5000.
This is an acknowledgement that the ongoing lockdown restrictions would “disproportionally” affect the alpine tourism industry.