Another round of tourism vouchers needed as JobKeeper ends

As Queensland releases its latest round of travel vouchers, South Australians are still yet to hear any details of another round of travel vouchers here.

Queensland announced its latest travel voucher round called ‘Cairns Holiday Dollars’. The travel vouchers will cover 50 per cent of the cost of tourism activities up to the value of $200 and are available June 25.

The Queensland scheme offers twice the incentive that South Australia offers and can be used on a wide range of tourism products beyond accommodation across Far North Queensland.

Visitor expenditure in South Australia has declined from a peak of $8.1 billion in late 2019 to $5.6 billion. Without JobKeeper, 29 per cent of tourism businesses are expected to shed staff or close their business, according to the latest Tourism Barometer.

The government has flagged a third round of South Australia’s Great State Voucher, but no details have been released since.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison

Border restrictions remain uncertain, JobKeeper is about to finish and with limited State Government support - South Australian tourism jobs are on the line.

Any form of continued support for tourism jobs will help ensure we keep these jobs during these uncertain times.

We should be working to help keep these businesses, and the tens of thousands of jobs they employ, so when travel opens up our tourism industry can reap the benefits.