Ballot opening for next two rounds of the Great State Voucher scheme

PICTURESQUE: Two more rounds of the Great State Voucher scheme will allow South Australians to see more of their backyard. Photo: Encounter Victor Harbor
PICTURESQUE: Two more rounds of the Great State Voucher scheme will allow South Australians to see more of their backyard. Photo: Encounter Victor Harbor

South Australians will have the opportunity over the next fortnight to get involved in the ballots for rounds five and six of the Great State Voucher scheme.

Open for all South Australians, the upcoming rounds of the South Australian Tourism Commission's (SATC) scheme is expected to bring the total economic impact of the scheme - which started last year - to more than $90 million.

Deals on offer in the next two rounds include city stays and regional tours, as well as cooking schools, fishing charters, roof climbs, bush walking, hosted wine tasting experiences and food tours.

From Monday, September 13, people will be able to enter the ballot for round five - Great State Experience Vouchers - for the chance to get up to $200 off participating tours and experiences across the state.

Then on Monday, September 20, the ballot for round six - Great State Accommodation Vouchers - will provide $100 vouchers for use on participating CBD and North Adelaide hotels and $50 vouchers for use on accommodation across suburban and regional South Australia.

Premier Steven Marshall said the vouchers would get South Australians travelling and spending with businesses across the state, helping create and sustain jobs.

"With over 90,000 vouchers available for use across our state's tourism industry from now until December, we're injecting millions into our state's visitor economy at a pivotal time," he said.

"Data shows time and time again that this is a proven tourism stimulus with an incredible return on investment.

"It generates bookings for businesses, gets staff rostered on, and creates a spending flow-on in cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs."

Mr Marshall said until the state got closer to its COVID-19 vaccination target, intrastate tourism would remain vital.

"People want to get out and support the thousands of family businesses who have been doing it tough in the past 18 months," he said.

SATC chief executive officer Rodney Harrex said it had again worked with the industry to deliver the stimulus when and where it was needed.

He said springtime in South Australia was the "perfect time" to plan a holiday.

"City hotels told us they wanted the vouchers in the hands of consumers as soon as possible, so we've expedited round six and will get people booking overnight stays in less than a fortnight - this is going to drive people and dollars back into the CBD," Mr Harrex said.

"We've got a great track record of safe travel and low restrictions - so there is never a better time to get out and about, book a stay and explore.

"There are some amazing tour operators who can show you parts of South Australia that you might never have even know existed - let a local take you out and give you the five-star treatment."

The ballot for the Great State Experiences Voucher will run until 5pm on Wednesday, September 15, with the draw on Thursday, September 16.

Bookings can take place from that day until Thursday, October 14, to be used between Friday, September 17 and Sunday, November 28.

The ballot for the Great State Accommodation Voucher runs until Wednesday, September 22, with the draw on Thursday, September 23.

Bookings will open on that day and run until Thursday, October 14, for use between Thursday, September 23 and Friday, December 10 - it excludes Saturday nights.

Applications are open to all South Australians over the age of 18 and is limited to one entry per person, per round.

For more information and to enter the randomised, electronic ballot, visit southaustralia.com/voucher.

This story Great State Vouchers up for grabs from Monday first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.