The NSW Government will spend more than $530 million to get events and tourism back on track as part its COVID-19 recovery plan.
The government's 'Stay & Rediscover' scheme will see all NSW adults receive a $50 travel voucher for accommodation when travelling within the state.
The scheme will launch as a pilot in November and a state rollout is expected in March 2022 when the state is in its "shoulder season".
The voucher can be used with participating accommodation providers to help cover this travel cost.
Coupled with Qantas's $20 flight discount which is available for fully-vaccinated travelers, you could save up to $70 on total holiday costs.
NSW previously offered $100-worth of 'Dine and Discover' vouchers, with the program expiring at the end of July.
It is expected two additional $25 'Dine and Discover' vouchers will be made available to residents in December.
For more information, visit the NSW Government website: www.service.nsw.gov.au/stay-rediscover
Additional tourism and events recovery packages include but are not limited to $150 million spent to get major events up and running again, and $60 million spent to get airlines off the ground.
As the state exceeds its 80% double-vaccination target and reopens further, Premier Dominic Perrottet said the package will bring back tourists, as well as 'supercharge' businesses and attractions that contribute $38 billion to the Australian economy.
"Millions of people around the world dream of visiting Sydney and our regional areas," Mr Perrottet said.
"This package not only ensures they can, but that they’ll experience the very best of what we have to offer."
Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the investment was much needed and that it will 'revive' businesses across NSW.
"For our visitor economy to reach its full potential we need event owners to dream big, airlines to fly in and for locals and visitors to embrace our world class venues and hospitality with enthusiasm once again," Mr Ayres said.
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