|Travellers from NSW
Victoria has introduced further measures to restrict entry from New South Wales due to the recent outbreak in the State. As of 11.59pm on Sunday 20 December:
Victoria: Alpine, Benalla, Bendigo, Buloke, Campaspe, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Indigo, Loddon, Mildura, Moira, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Yarriambiack.
NSW: Albury City, Balranald, Bega Valley, Berrigan, Broken Hill, Edward River, Federation, Greater Hume, Hay, Lockhart, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Snowy Monaro, Snowy Valleys, Wagga Wagga, and Wentworth.
What does this mean for businesses?
Travellers from these areas, who were or have visited this zone since 11 December, and are in Victoria are being asked to be tested immediately and quarantine in their home or accommodation for 14 days from the date they left the area.
|Melbourne’s Tourism Sentiment Tracker
The Visitor Economy team at City of Melbourne has been monitoring how our city is performing over time, providing monthly snapshots of the tourism sentiment for Melbourne. The data is obtained by analysing millions of online conversations from around the world through multiple online sources including social media, review websites and news outlets that reference Melbourne, and are further refined to understand how people feel about Melbourne as a destination. Please view below the reports for November:
|COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program
Last week we informed you that the COVID Consumer Travel Support Program had opened. This is a grant to support travel agents and tour operators who have lost income because of COVID-19. We have now received further details about this program:
Applications will be accepted until midnight 13 March 2021 or until funds are exhausted. For more information and to apply, click here.
|Wellbeing and Financial Assistance
Although many restrictions have now been lifted, and some businesses are experiencing the peak of summer, we know that the challenges aren’t yet over.
The Partners in Wellbeing Helpline is there to help small business owners and their employees manage feeling stressed and overwhelmed. The helpline has also been expanded to provide business owners under stress with free access to financial counsellors. The service is free and confidential.
The 1300 375 330 Helpline is available seven days a week from 9am to 10pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.
For more information, click here.
|Welcoming a new Federal Tourism Minister
The Hon Dan Tehan MP has been appointed to the role of Federal Tourism Minister, replacing Simon Birmingham, who becomes Finance Minister following the retirement from Federal politics of Senator Mathias Cormann.
Minister Tehan has been a longtime supporter of the tourism industry demonstrated by his previous role as the Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism group which engages industry on government policy to help drive tourism growth and jobs across many electorates.
VTIC welcomes Minister Tehan to the role and we’re thrilled to see that we now have a Victorian Federal Member of Parliament as our Tourism Minister in Australia.
|Industry Support Hub Updates
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|VTIC office Christmas closure
Please note the VTIC office will be closing from COB on Wednesday 23 December and reopening on Monday 4 January.
The VTIC team wish you all a wonderful Christmas and hope that 2021 is a year filled with brighter times!