South Australia will soon offer $100 accomodation vouchers to residents and interstate visitors, in another massive bid to stoke tourism after a year paralysed by the pandemic.
The government-run Great State Voucher scheme will return for another bout from January 5, offering $100 to folks looking to spend time in Adelaide or North Adelaide, and a pineapple to those seeking accomodation in suburban areas or SA’s beautiful regions.
In a statement obtained by The Advertiser, Premier Steven Marshall said the scheme would boost tourism over the warmer months.
“We know the summer holidays are traditionally a peak period for our tourism operators,” Marshall said, “and we are acting now to give travellers another incentive to visit our world-class regions and CBD.”
The eligible travel period spans January 7 to March 31, 2021. This means you could swing down for the Fringe Festival, or you could bliss out at WOMADelaide. You could even check out Scotty’s Motel, but I’m sure you could do that at any time of the year, really.
One caveat: the vouchers will not cover accommodation booked over Saturday nights. If you had just planned a smash-and-grab on the tables at SkyCity, or a hefty night at the Dog and Duck, I am not sure what to tell you.
This is the voucher scheme’s second round, with the first being offered exclusively to SA residents.
The Advertiser reports that particular batch of vouchers – worth an estimated $4 million – was fully exhausted in 90 minutes. That’s a pretty good indicator of the hype you can expect from this next round.
The voucher scheme follows similar efforts interstate, with NSW offering dining vouchers to prop up the hospitality industry, and Victoria’s own $200 holiday voucher program.
Further details are expected in the next couple of weeks. If you’re dead keen to access this offer, you should keep your eyes peeled on the voucher scheme right here.Image: Artnie Ng / Getty Images