Territorians who have attempted to “double dip” on the Territory Tourism Voucher will be denied the use of the scheme, Chief Minister Michael Gunner said, as the third and final round of the $16.2 million overall package will be up for grabs Monday evening.
The final round is worth $5 million and will open for registration from 8pm.
Mr Gunner said at a briefing on COVID-19 on Monday that the tourism department has caught over a thousand Territorians who have tried to snatch multiple vouchers by registering under different email accounts.
“Let’s be very careful here if you’re applying for a tourism voucher, Tourism have caught 1,000 people already who have tried to double dip. We will catch you,” Mr Gunner said.
“So, my understanding is those people who have double dipped have been caught and denied that second voucher.
“I should double check and see if they got blacklisted in the first voucher. I’m not sure about whether they are allowed to keep the first one by double dipping the second one.
“But if you are going to apply today, they are extremely popular. Be considerate of others. Only apply once, if you apply twice, we will catch you.”
The$16.2 million package-scheme is offering Territorians aged over 18 a Territory Tourism Voucher worth up to $200 if they contribute $200 of their own money.
The voucher provides an incentive to support the NT’s struggling tourism industry amidst the coronavirus pandemic by encouraging Territorians to purchase bookable tourism products.
The program has been so popular the website crashed during the second round of vouchers last November with some people spending more than three hours trying to get a voucher.
The vouchers have to be put towards a tourism experience like tours, accommodation, hire car or recreational fishing charter.
“With bookings open from February until the end of April, I’d encourage Territorians to consider travelling to some of our regions to also help businesses in those areas,” general manager marketing for Tourism NT, Tony Quarmby said.
Valued up to $200, the vouchers are redeemable on a $1 for $1 basis and can be used on multiple tourism experiences in the Top End, Red Centre, Katherine and Barkly regions.
“Round 1 and 2 returned more than $17 million in bookings to date across the Northern Territory, which is a great reflection of this support,” Mr Quarmby said.
Territorians who receive a voucher are required to book within 14 days with all travel and experiences to be completed by April 30, 2021.
To register for a Territory Tourism Voucher visit https://territoryvoucher.nt.gov.au/