Melbourne coast skyline
The scheme is designed to help businesses post-lockdown. Image – Canva
  • 40,000 $200 vouchers are available to be used amongst 26 Melbourne LGAs
  • Comes after 110,000 Regional Travel vouchers were secured
  • Visitors must spend $400 or more on attractions, experiences and accommodation

The Victorian Government has announced new $200 travel vouchers will be available for all Victorians to visit and stay in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme will open at 10am on Friday, 12 March.

40,000 vouchers will be up for grabs, aiming to deliver support to accommodation providers, attractions and experiences across the Melbourne metropolitan area as the city continues to recover from the lockdowns it has had to endure over the past year.

Vouchers will be valid between 19 March and 16 May – an eight-week window.

To qualify for the vouchers, visitors must spend $400 or more on attractions, experiences and accommodation provided they spend at least two nights in paid accommodation.

Victorian residents 18 and over are eligible although households are limited to one voucher from each scheme.

The schemes are part of the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package which seeks to support local tourism recover from the impacts of bushfires and, of course, the pandemic.

“These vouchers will deliver a significant boost to tourism operators and will mean even more people have the chance to experience the best of Melbourne.”

“Whether it’s a staycation or a visit from regional Victoria, there’s never been a better time to lose yourself in marvellous Melbourne.”

Martin Pakula, the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events

The new vouchers come after the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme that was introduced last year. The scheme, which also featured $200 vouchers, saw its first two allocation rounds exhaust very quickly. A third-round will open later this month, which is expected to also subscribe quickly.

During the first two releases, 110 000 vouchers were secured. 52,000 claimants in the first round spent an estimated $85 million across regional Victoria, according to the State Government.

26 local government areas across greater Melbourne will be featured – although this excludes Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, as these were part of the original regional scheme.

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