Some good news for the thousands of people who missed out on the latest round of the Gold Coast ‘Holiday Dollar’ Vouchers.
The State Government has today announced that it’s rolling out bonus vouchers in a bid to boost the recovery of our struggling tourism industry.
An extra 38,000 vouchers, worth $100 each, will be released across the state, with 10,000 of those for the Gold Coast, 19,000 for Brisbane, and 9000 for Cairns.
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Member for Gaven and Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said those who missed out on the initial round of Gold Coast Holiday Dollars would now be included in a second chance draw.
“We know Holiday Dollars vouchers were more popular than hot cakes on the Gold Coast,” Ms Scanlon said.
“The 70,000 Queenslanders who didn’t receive a voucher in the first draw will get a second chance at 10,000 new Holiday Dollar vouchers to spend on accommodation or the Gold Coast’s many world-class visitor experiences.”
So far, more than $1 million in bookings have been made with the vouchers on the Gold Coast which offer a 50 per cent discount up to $100.
Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said the extra vouchers would provide operators with a lifeline during a particularly challenging period.
“Operators need support more than ever, and this opportunity will provide a shot in the arm for tourism businesses doing it very tough,” Ms O’Callaghan said.
“We have listened to our industry and worked with the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland to respond quickly.
“This is a further $1 million that we are committing to the Gold Coast Holiday Dollars program.
“It’s about Queenslanders backing Queenslanders; enjoying a getaway, playing on our beaches, exploring the rainforest hinterland, and our attractions and experiences on offer.”
More than 140 hotels, attractions and experiences across the city are taking part in the scheme.
Those lucky enough to score a voucher will have until 21 July to book and will be able to use them up until September 17.