Marshall’s voucher scheme delivers another bungle

A series of bungles have been revealed in the latest round of the Marshall Liberal Government’s travel voucher scheme. 

There have been a number of mistakes in the delivery of the scheme, first it received criticism for not being broad enough, then the website froze when holidayers tried to register, and now - South Australians have been sent the wrong vouchers.

The hundreds of South Australians who were sent the wrong vouchers received follow up emails from the Tourism Commission alerting them to the mistake.

The error follows criticisms the voucher scheme fails to cover a broad enough range of businesses. 

Rounds 1 and 2 of the Great State scheme only covered specific accommodation providers, excluding other businesses in areas such as hospitality, travel agents, experiences, tours and attractions.

The Opposition first proposed a tourism voucher scheme back in June 2020, which would have included the full range of tourism operators. The Government announced its watered-down proposal in September.

However, only 20,000 of the total 50,000 vouchers in the first round were actually redeemed, forcing an extension of the booking deadline date.

The Opposition is calling for an immediate broadening of the scheme, to include more businesses in the tourism industry.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison

This voucher scheme is supposed to be designed to provide stimulus to the tourism industry at a time when they need it the most.

However, Steven Marshall appears to have bungled its delivery - from excluding tourism operators and experiences from the scheme, to now sending out incorrect codes.

Our tourism industry has been hit hard in the past 12 months, making it vital that we get these stimulus programs right.