Victorians receive 10,000 new $ 200 worth of vouchers to help regional hospitality and tourism businesses hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown.

Acting Prime Minister James Merlino on Sunday announced a $ 32.2 million package to support the tourism industry, including 10,000 new travel vouchers.

“Today we are announcing a $ 32.2 million package consisting of $ 16 million to provide another round of the hugely popular regional tourism vouchers,” said Merlino.

The new vouchers are equivalent to about $ 2 million and not the total of $ 16 million that the incumbent prime minister has stated.

“A $ 16 million investment will fund a fourth release of popular regional travel vouchers – 10,000 new vouchers and 70,000 vouchers allocated but unclaimed in previous rounds,” the Victorian government said in a statement .

Another $ 11.8 million will be spent on payments of $ 4,500 to businesses, resulting in all Victorian tourism businesses receiving a total of $ 7,000 during the lockdown.

Alpine companies receive grants of up to $ 15,000 to help them comply with Covid-19 restrictions.

“Travel vouchers are a great incentive for Victorians to explore their own backyard, and we know from recent experience that they will be popular,” said Victorian Tourism Minister Martin Pakula.

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