The Marshall Liberal Government’s “Great State” Tourism Vouchers – being released today – are too restrictive and ignore large sections of the tourism industry.
The tourism vouchers only cover 3 per cent of all listings on the Government-run southaustralia.com.
As of 14 October 2020, 235 accommodation providers are listed under the program, compared to the 9087 listings on southaustralia.com.
The Great State scheme only covers specific accommodation providers, excluding other businesses in areas such as hospitality, travel agents, experiences, tours and attractions.
This is well short of the $200 voucher proposed by the Opposition, which would have covered the entire state and is the same amount on offer in the Northern Territory. Tasmania has a $150 voucher scheme in place for accommodation and experience providers.
Tourism directly employs more than 40,000 jobs in South Australia. With many businesses suffering booking cancellations months or even years in advance.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison
We have a lot of tourism operators in South Australia fighting to survive.
The South Australian Government uses southaustralia.com as a booking referral website, and these vouchers only apply to 3% of these listings.
I call on the Premier to provide assistance to the broader tourism industry – to save jobs and small business.