The State Government’s Dine & Discover initiative, designed to stimulate the NSW hospitality and tourism sectors in the wake of COVID, has been extended for one month.
Originally slated to end on June 30, the scheme has been extended to July 31 to give people more time to register for and use their vouchers.
The SMH reported that more than 4.2 million people have downloaded approximately 17 million vouchers since the program was rolled out in March, with just 44 percent being redeemed.
Thus far, the program has seen a consumer spend of more than $357 million with registered businesses when adding the additional spend to the voucher amount.
“This is helping to fire up our economy. It’s not just boosting revenue for businesses, it’s bringing a fresh clientele through their doors eager to try a new eatery or exciting activity,” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said in a statement.
“People of all ages and walks of life are giving them a go and we don’t want anyone to miss out. This extension will ensure everyone has a chance to use all four of their vouchers, which I’m sure will be particularly handy in the school holidays.”
More than 5 million vouchers have been redeemed for food and beverage services and around 1.2 million used theirs at the movies, while ‘heritage activities’ like museums and art galleries have attracted just under 370,000 redemptions.
“Targeted stimulus, is smart stimulus when helping communities and citizens battle back from a pandemic and Dine & Discover has been able to support a wide range of businesses and industries,” Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said
“With about two in every three adults across NSW having now registered for the vouchers, having such a large portion of the NSW population on board means we can get money back into the community quickly.”
“We’re giving people more time to take full advantage of these vouchers, so make
sure you sign up and use them before you lose them.”
Head here for more info on the Dine & Discover vouchers and where to spend them before the July 31 cutoff.