Queenslanders can apply for $200 vouchers to use at tourism experiences in the state’s far north from midday today.
The tourism scheme, announced by the State Government on Sunday, has been launched in a bid to boost tourism in the struggling region which has been hit hard by the pandemic and the loss of international travellers.
There’s 15,000 vouchers up for grabs, with Queenslanders given three days to enter the draw to secure one of the vouchers which they can use anytime between March 15 and June 25 this year.
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If you happen to be one of the lucky ones who manages to secure a voucher, it can be used on a number of tourism experiences including boat or bus tours, reef experiences, scenic flights, short day trips, multi-day tours, spa experiences, galleries and exhibitions.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said if you’ve always wanted to visit the Tropical North, now would be a perfect time.
“With Easter and the cooler months approaching, there’s never been a better time to plan a holiday to Cairns or Port Douglas,” The Premier said.
“From the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, to the beauty of the ancient rainforest and world-renowned Indigenous experiences, there’s so much to see and do in Tropical North Queensland.
“The vouchers give people the chance to go on tours and experience some of the attractions in the Far North and we’ll cover 50 per cent of the cost, up to $200.”
It’s the first time in Queensland that vouchers have been offered to bolster and support the tourism industry.
“But these are extraordinary times and Tropical North Queensland tourism operators have done it very tough over the last twelve months,” the Premier said.
“This is just another way to help keep local businesses afloat and safeguard jobs in the tourism industry.”
It’s expected the initiative could generate an extra visitor spend of up to $14 million for the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef economy.
In even better news, if the $3 million plus promotion proves a success, the State Government says it could well be rolled-out for the Gold Coast, the Whitsundays and Brisbane.
Queenslanders can register their interest in a voucher here.