Victoria travel voucher: New website for $200 regional tourism voucher
Victorians will need to head to a new website page to claim the first of the $200 travel vouchers being offered by the government to encourage travellers to explore their state this Christmas break.
High demand was expected for the 40,000 $200 regional tourism vouchers that went live on the Business Victoria website on Friday.
Scroll down to see the new way to apply for the $200 Victoria travel vouchers.
But the website crashed just moments after going live.
Now, the Victorian government has announced a new way for travellers to apply for their travel vouchers.How to apply for the $200 Victorian travel vouchers
Victorians will be able to apply for the vouchers provided they spend at least $400 on accommodation, attractions or tours in the state’s regional areas.
They won’t be applicable outside of Victoria.
To apply for the voucher scheme, Victorians will now need to click here to go to the Service Victoria website.
You will need to have your Victorian driver’s licence, seniors card, or proof-of-age card ready to complete the application.
The lucky first 40,000 applicants will be confirmed via email.
The first of the $200 travel vouchers to encourage Victorians to explore their state this Christmas break was to be rolled out from Friday.
Eligible destinations include the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and the Bellarine, while households can apply even if their travel has already been booked.
The $28 million travel voucher scheme is part of a $300 million tourism package announced in the state budget in November.
“If those $200 vouchers mean that people stay an extra night, maybe go to a local pub or restaurant, that’s all about wages and spending and investment,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
The first of the 120,000 vouchers are redeemable for travel between Saturday December 12 and Friday January 22.
The second round of 40,000 vouchers will be available on January 20 for travel between January 27 and April 1 and then on March 30 for travel between April 6 and May 31.
The vouchers are limited to one per household and travellers are required to spend at least two nights in paid accommodation in regional Victoria to qualify.
Successful applicants are able to redeem their voucher after they have travelled.
“We’re not handing out $200 up front, there’s got to be some appropriate rigour in this for the state,” Minister for Tourism Martin Pakula said.
Pakula expects the scheme to be very popular, especially the first stage.
“I would expect demand to potentially outstrip supply, that’s been experienced in other parts of the country,” he said.
“This year more than ever, Victorians deserve a holiday – these vouchers will make that cheaper and easier for families to get out and support their state.
“A bit more money in people’s pockets means they can see more and do more in regional Victoria – helping local businesses and the people and communities they support to bounce back.
“Whether it’s a trip to a winery region or a tour along one of our stunning stretches of coastline, you can’t take a wrong step in regional Victoria.”Business Victoria website crashes due to high demand
The website offering the first round of $200 travel vouchers to Victorians crashed for applicants on Friday, just moments after going live.
High demand was expected for the 40,000 vouchers when registration opened to Victorian households at 10am on Friday.
But many Twitter users said they were unable to load the state government website page and that it was showing an internal server error.
“It’s almost like no one thought it might actually be popular,” one Twitter user said.
Another said: “I’m trying to register for the $200 travel voucher and there’s no “apply now” button. I want to support Regional Victoria, please send help.”
Many said even after they got through to the website, there was no ‘Apply Now’ button.
Business Victoria responded to one of the tweets saying there was high demand for the vouchers.
“We are currently experiencing high demand on the website and as a consequence, the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme page is temporarily down,” they said.
“We are working to resolve this as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.”
- With AAP