The Committee for Mornington Peninsula has commended the State Government’s decision to include the Peninsula in the $28 million regional Victoria voucher scheme as part of this week’s Budget. Under the scheme, the Government will issue up to 120,000 $200 vouchers to be spent on accommodation, attractions or tours in regional Victoria, helping to underpin the recovery of the sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
C4MP president Shannon Smit, pictured, said: “We have long advocated that the Mornington Peninsula should not be designated part of metropolitan Melbourne and is more closely representative of regional Victoria. It is pleasing to see the State Government recognise this in the regional Victoria voucher scheme and support our tourism businesses that are the lifeblood of the Peninsula economy.”
According to Premier Daniel Andrews, the vouchers will help tourism businesses bounce back from the challenges of this year as they welcome more visitors and employ more Victorians.
The scheme forms part of a $465 million Victorian tourism recovery package in the Budget and is expected to be up and running next month.
Ms Smit said the committee looked forward to receiving more information on the initiative and the important support it will offer the region’s visitor economy.