Council has welcomed the Victorian Government’s $32.2 million Regional Tourism Support Package, which includes regional travel vouchers and financial assistance for tourism businesses.
07 June 2021
Aimed at boosting tourism recovery across regional Victoria, the package will provide accommodation, attraction and experience providers with grant top-ups worth up to $4,500 per business, while alpine businesses will receive up to $15,000 to help them provide a COVIDSafe ski season.
80,000 travel vouchers valued at $200 each will be available for Victorians to spend regionally – 10,000 new vouchers and 70,000 vouchers allocated through previous rounds but not claimed.
Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth said many local business rely on visitors as their main source of income, and have been hard hit by the current COVID-19 restrictions.
“A snap seven-day lockdown is difficult for everyone, but even more so for those businesses who had to close their doors completely,” he said.
“With Melbourne still in lockdown, we are keen to welcome more regional visitors who may not have travelled to the Alpine Shire at this time of year before.”
The Regional Tourism Support Package will support eligible Victorian tourism businesses with grant top-ups for the current Business Costs Assistance Program, which means eligible tourism businesses will receive a payment of $7,000.
Cr Forsyth urged local businesses to check their eligibility for grants and financial support.
“We know it’s a lot to take in during a stressful and uncertain time, but there are opportunities out there for assistance,” he said.
“I encourage businesses get online or make a phone call to check their eligibility with the Victorian Government - it could help ease some financial pressure.”
The Alpine Support Program will support Victoria’s alpine resorts as they prepare for the opening of the ski season.
Grants of up to $15,000 will be available for businesses including hire outlets, shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and adventure companies at the State’s alpine resorts, including Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain.
The grants will help businesses cover the costs of re-opening and implementing COVIDSafe measures, including buying equipment and supplies, developing COVIDSafe plans and training staff, as well as defraying everyday costs such as utility bills and rent.