“The package has been announced as the lockdown begins to dramatically hit the bottom line of tourism business during the peak school holiday period,” said NSW Tourism Industry Council executive manager Greg Binskin.
Noting that it is well targeted, Mr Binskin said it will alleviating cash flow constraints while trading is restricted.
The NSW Tourism Industry Council confirmed it has been providing the government with real case studies provided by the industry, operating at the coalface.
“Since the lockdown was imposed over the weekend, we have seen a state-wide impact on accommodation, attractions, arts and cultural sector, retail and hospitality venues that were expecting a strong school holiday trading period,” said Mr Binskin.
“Acting quickly is what the business owners, their supply chain of goods, services and employees needed and the NSW government has responded.”
According to the NSW government, tourism and hospitality-related business can claim grants if their annual Australian wages bill is below $10 million. The eligible grants of either $5,000, $7,000 or $10,000 will be available in July, depending on the loss in turnover they can demonstrate.
“This will provide enormous relief to business owners who’ve suffered so much over the past 18 months and were slowly starting to bounce back,” Mr Binskin said.
Moreover, Dine & Discover vouchers will be extended until 31 August, with the “Dine vouchers” able to be used at takeaway venues, so long as that food is delivered, and not picked up.
“We all want this lockdown to be over as soon as possible so the visitor economy can get back to doing what they do best, making holidays a fun experience and delivering economic and social benefits to communities across NSW,” Mr Binskin said.