The Victorian Government has announced a $32.2 million Regional Tourism Support Package that will directly assist businesses, including accommodation providers, attractions and experiences, as they manage the impact of recent restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The latest investment builds on the $460 million in business support previously announced in response to restrictions announced on 27 May 2021. Round two of the Business Costs Assistance Program and the Licensed Venue Hospitality Fund 2021 are now open for applications.
The Regional Tourism Support Package includes three initiatives to support tourism businesses:
- $16 million to fund 80,000 travel vouchers valued at $200 each, building on the success of the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme to encourage Victorians to support regional tourism operators.
- $11.8 million for a Business Costs Assistance Program Tourism Supplement to provide eligible tourism businesses – accommodation, attractions and tourism operators – up to $4,500 in additional support.
- A $4.4 million Alpine Support Program providing businesses in the alpine resorts and Dinner Plain with up to $15,000 grants. Off-mountain alpine related businesses such as equipment hire, transport companies and tour providers may be eligible for $5,000.
Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two Tourism Supplement
The Tourism Supplement invests an additional $11.8 million to support eligible Victorian tourism businesses.
Eligible tourism businesses – accommodation, attractions and tourism operators - will receive up to an additional $4500 so that all tourism businesses receive a total grant of $7,000 as part of the second round of the Business Costs Assistance Program.
Tourism businesses eligible for a $2,500 BCAP2 grant will receive a $4,500 top-up. Tourism businesses eligible for a $5,000 BCAP2 grant will receive a $2,000 top-up.
Eligible businesses need not apply for the new support, with a top-up payment automatically made to those with relevant ANZSIC codes.
Regional Travel Voucher Scheme
Victorians will have access to 80,000 travel vouchers valued at $200 each to travel across the state’s picturesque regions, when it is safe to do so.
The latest allocation builds on the success of the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme that saw eager-to-travel Victorians snap up 160,000 vouchers in just minutes.
Information on how Victorians can apply for and use the vouchers will be available here soon.
Alpine Support Program
The $4.4 million Alpine Support Program will support businesses at Victoria’s six alpine resorts, Dinner Plain, and key businesses located off mountain in the surrounding towns impacted by restrictions and offer a COVIDSafe visitor experience for snowboarders and skiers.
This package will provide businesses in the alpine resorts and Dinner Plain with up to $15,000 grants. Off-mountain alpine related businesses such as equipment hire, transport companies and tour providers may be eligible for $5,000 grants.
Last year’s Alpine Resorts Support Program has already paid 253 grants totalling over $4 million to businesses in Victoria’s alpine destinations, including Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Mount Buller.
Applications for the Alpine Support Program will open soon.
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