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NSW Government’s popular Dine & Discover initiative extended to 31st July
With more than 4.23 million people having downloaded the Dine and Discover vouchers since they were launched in March 2021, the NSW Government is extending the initiative by a month to give people more time to use all of their vouchers eating out or trying a new activity this winter, including in the upcoming school holidays.
The latest data shows since the vouchers were launched, a combined total of more than $357 million has been spent with registered businesses when adding in the additional spend on top of the voucher amount.
Dining out has been particularly popular, with patrons spending on average $41 for every $25 voucher used. This increased spending at hospitality venues will have broader positive flow-on effects to the economy, through employment and purchases from upstream suppliers.
Adventure businesses have also benefited, along with cultural institutions such as galleries and museums.
Most popular use of vouchers overall:
- Food and beverage services – more than 5 million redemptions
- Movie theatres – more than 1.2 million
- Heritage activities such as museums and art galleries – almost 370,000 redemptions.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the stimulus had proved popular and played a valuable role supporting businesses as well as reviving consumer confidence and noted “this is helping to fire-up our economy. It’s not just boosting revenue for businesses, it’s bringing a fresh clientele through their doors eager to try a new eatery or exciting activity.
“People of all ages and walks of life are giving them a go and we don’t want anyone to miss out. This extension will ensure everyone has a chance to use all four of their vouchers, which I’m sure will be particularly handy in the school holidays.”
Every adult in NSW is eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to spend across the 14,000 participating businesses.
NSW Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said the enthusiastic take up of the vouchers showed digital initiatives were the way of the future and added “targeted stimulus, is smart stimulus when helping communities and citizens battle back from a pandemic and Dine & Discover has been able to support a wide range of businesses and industries.
“With about two in every three adults across NSW having now registered for the vouchers, having such a large portion of the NSW population on board means we can get money back into the community quickly.
“More than $105 million has been spent directly in registered business regionally compared to almost $200 million in establishments in Sydney.”
It’s not too late for businesses to register and customers are encouraged to sign up and spend their vouchers before they expire on 31st July, 2021.
“We’re giving people more time to take full advantage of these vouchers, so make sure you sign up and use them before you lose them.”
The vouchers had been due to expire on 30th June.
The vouchers can only be used at eligible businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVIDSafe.
Image: Byron Theatre and Community Centre is registered with the NSW Government’s Dine & Discover NSW initiative,
18th January 2021 - Dine and Discover voucher scheme fast-tracked to Sydney’s Northern Beaches
31st May 2021 - Sydney’s hospitality sector supports outdoor dining options
15th March 2021 - Northern Beaches Council improving outdoor hospitality in Manly
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