Victoria will release 80,000 more regional travel vouchers

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.

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Port Albert is one of our favourite regional Victorian destinations © @amazing.regional.victoria

“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.

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Ski resorts like Mt Buller will take a hit due to travel restrictions © @amazing.regional.victoria

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.

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