Hunter residents are set to be among the five million people in NSW to have already redeemed their Dine and Discover vouchers thanks to a deadline extension including the upcoming school holidays.
The state government initiative will be extended by a month to July 31st to give people more time to use all of their vouchers eating out or trying a new activity this winter.
To date there have been more than five million Dine and Discover vouchers redeemed at food and beverage outlets in NSW. Movie theatres have attracted more than 1.2 million, and heritage activities such as museums and art galleries have seen almost 370,000 redemptions.
The latest data shows a combined total of more than $357 million has been spent with registered businesses since the vouchers were released in March.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the stimulus had proved popular and played a valuable role supporting local businesses as well as reviving consumer confidence.
“This program is win-win for communities – it provides local businesses with much needed stimulus and families with hip pocket relief,”
“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.
Dining out has been particularly popular, with patrons across the State spending on average $41 for every $25 voucher used.
Mr Martin said the enthusiastic take up of the vouchers showed digital initiatives were the way of the future.
“It’s not too late for businesses to register and customers are encouraged to sign up and spend their vouchers before they expire on July 31, 2021,” Mr Martin said.
“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 June 30.
The vouchers can only be used at eligible businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe.