The NSW visitor economy applauds today’s $570 million accommodation and events support package as the industry starts the steep climb back after a challenging 18-month period, according to the NSW Tourism Industry Council.

“The new $50 Stay and Rediscover vouchers will encourage families to get out and explore NSW and experience places they have always wanted to visit, helping the visitor economy make up ground lost due to lockdown,” said NSW Tourism Industry Council Executive Manager Greg Binskin.

“Combined with additional Dine & Discover vouchers to spend on local food and experiences, a holiday, attend an event or a visit to family and friends is now on the table for NSW residents,” Mr Binskin said.

“The Aviation Attraction Fund will help grow the pie by bringing more flights and more people to NSW, creating opportunity for all segments of the visitor economy.

“As the weather warms, the new Event Saver Fund will bring confidence back to event organisers as they start to plan and prepare to relaunch events and festivals that have hibernated during lockdowns.

“The uncertainty of snap lockdowns has crippled the events industry; this new fund will allow organisers to start planning today for a cracking 2022.

“This will in turn encourage more visitor spending, providing social and economic benefits to all those towns and villages who have tourism and events as a key source of income.

“The tourism industry needs to show our fellow NSW residents that the visitor economy is #backtobusiness so it’s time to roll out the welcome mat and be ready for the arrival of visitors,” Mr Binskin said.

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