The Victorian Government has announced a $32.2 million Regional Tourism Support Package that will directly assist businesses, including accommodation providers, attractions and experiences, as they manage the impact of recent restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The latest investment builds on the $460 million in business support previously announced in response to restrictions announced on 27 May 2021. Round two of the Business Costs Assistance Program and the Licensed Venue Hospitality Fund 2021 are now open for applications.
The Regional Tourism Support Package includes three initiatives to support tourism businesses:
- $16 million to fund 80,000 travel vouchers valued at $200, building on the success of the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme to encourage Victorians to support regional tourism operators.
- An $11.8 million for a Business Costs Assistance Program Tourism Supplement to provide eligible tourism businesses – accommodation, attractions and tourism operators – up to $4,500 in additional support.
- A $4.4 million Alpine Support Program providing businesses in the alpine resorts and Dinner Plain with up to $15,000 grants. Off-mountain alpine related businesses such as equipment hire, transport companies and tour providers may be eligible for $5,000