The Queensland government will hand out 15,000 travel vouchers worth up to $200 each in an attempt to stimulate domestic tourism and drive the state’s Covid-19 recovery.
Queensland’s premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced the voucher scheme on Sunday, as the state again recorded no new locally acquired Covid-19 cases.
The vouchers will be able to be used in Queensland’s far north – including the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and Cairns – until the end of June, covering the Easter holidays.
“We know that the people in the far north, especially the tourism industry, are doing it tough,” she told reporters.
“We have decided that we want to make sure that people across Queensland get to enjoy tropical far north Queensland, but most importantly, let’s help people who need help the most.”
Residents will need to enter a ballot to obtain one of the vouchers.
The Palaszczuk government has repeatedly demanded the federal government extend financial support to the tourism industry beyond the end of jobkeeper at the end of March.
The government has been considering providing a targeted support package for the industry, but has yet to make an announcement.