1.5 million tourism vouchers still unused

“Whether you want to book a weekend on the coast or in a rural area, or take the kids to the cinema or a wildlife park, the school holidays are a great time for people to spend their vouchers,” he said.

The average transaction with a $50 Stay NSW voucher was $137, while the average purchase with a Parents NSW voucher was $103.

Stay NSW and Parents NSW are the latest pandemic recovery vouchers launched by the state government to encourage spending at businesses closed by lockdown rules.

About 72 percent of Dine and Discover coupons were redeemed before they expired in July.

About 72 percent of Dine and Discover coupons were redeemed before they expired in July, leading some economists to wonder if the program was well-targeted.

95% of people used at least one of the six coupons issued by this program. The final week of the Dine and Discover program was the busiest of its 16-month run, with more than 1.1 million vouchers redeemed on the final day.

Kathleen Jones, events manager at the Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale, said they had seen an increase in people using the Stay NSW hotel vouchers in recent weeks, particularly when making room reservations in advance.

“Most people seem to be booking with them now, I think because they’re expiring so soon,” she said. “But before that, there was definitely a drop and not many people used them; drop by drop.”

At the Carrington Hotel in Katoomba, Diana Hofland said more people were booked to stay than during a typical spring season, most from Sydney.

“It’s hard to say why. I suppose the coupons helped, but I think people are also looking for destinations that aren’t too far from home,” she said. “The pandemic means people are still a bit nervous about booking to go abroad.”

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Joel McCord

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