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$300 travel vouchers to Tasmania: Exactly how to get yours

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Image of Tasmania with rainbow and $50 bank notes
Tasmania want to welcome tourists again – and will give you $300 to visit. (Source: Getty)

Ten thousand Australians will be chosen at random to receive $300 incentives to choose Tasmania for their next holiday as the island state aims to boost tourism.

The federal and state governments yesterday announced the $3 million Tassie Holiday Voucher scheme that would see the vouchers up for grabs to 10,000 interstate holidaymakers.

However, the interstate travellers must be from Queensland, South Australia or Western Australia.

The island is keen to welcome travellers, and soon: the vouchers are eligible to be used between November 4 and December 31 this year.

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$200 of the voucher is to be used on accommodation, while $100 will go towards attractions or tours.

“Tasmania is open for business,” Tasmania senator Jonno Duniam said.

“There has never been a better time to come down to Tassie, visit some of our incredible natural wonders and taste some of our fabulous food, wine and whisky.”

Tasmania established a hard border with COVID-hit NSW and Victoria early on in the pandemic. However, these two states make up 70 per cent of tourism to the Apple Isle.

The vouchers aim to attract visitors from outside Australia’s two most populous states as they continue to record several hundred new COVID-19 cases every day.

“This program is expected to stimulate travel from interstate markets that currently have open borders with Tasmania, providing vital economic support for our accommodation, tours and attractions sector,” said Tasmania’s Tourism, Hospitality and Events Minister, Sarah Courtney.

How do I get a voucher?

‘Winners’ of the vouchers will be selected through a ballot, which will take place via Discover Tasmania’s website.

scenery of hobart harbor in tasmania, australia
Hobart Harbour, Tasmania. (Source: Getty)

Those who receive the vouchers will be able to book travel and redeem their vouchers through a “Tassie Holiday Voucher online marketplace”.

The ballot will open to travellers from SA, WA and Queensland from 9am AEDT on Friday October 29, according to Discover Tasmania. The ballot closes at 5pm AEDT on 2 November.

Winners will then be chosen at random and notified through text and email by 3 November.

That’s when voucher recipients will be able to book through the online marketplace.

But it’s good news for Tasmanian tourism businesses. The registration period for businesses to participate in the scheme is open now, and closes at 11:59pm AEDT on Monday 18 October 18.

Tasmanian tourism operators and hopeful travellers can check the Tourism Tasmania webpage for more information.

Accommodation businesses wanting to participate in the scheme should register here, while tourism and attractions businesses should register here.

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