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Industry Updates, Resources and Grant Opportunities

See what's happening in the Northern Tasmanian tourism industry and learn about potential government grant opportunities

Industry Updates for Northern Tasmanian Tourism Opportunities

Travel Vouchers Tasmania 2021

Travel Vouchers are back for 2021. Tasmanians will have 5 days from Thursday 5 to Monday 9 August 2021 to enter a ballot for a $300 voucher to spend on Tasmanian accommodation and experiences. The vouchers will be allocated at complete random using a number generator system once registrations have closed.

For details visit https://www.travelvoucherstasmania.com.au/

NewAccess for Small Business Owners

NewAccess for Small Business Owners is a free and confidential mental health coaching program, developed by Beyond Blue to give small business owners, including sole traders the support they need.

Learn more about NewAccess for Small Business Owners.

Hire and Drive Reimbursement

Applications for the Hire and Drive Reimbursement Program are now open. As well as supporting hire and drive operators to re-establish their fleets, the program aims to encourage vehicle owners to sign-up their vehicle/s to accredited car sharing platforms, Car Next Door and Evee to assist in the increasing demand for rental vehicles.

$1,000 will be provided to eligible applicants to assist with the upfront costs associated with registering a vehicle for hire and drive purposes.

The program is open until 24 December 2021, or until available funds have been exhausted.

Business Growth Loan Scheme

The Tasmanian Government recognises that the private sector is critical to rebuilding and growing our economy and remains committed to assisting Tasmanian businesses to develop and transition to sustainable post-COVID operating models. The $60 million Business Growth Loan Scheme will provide concessional loan funding to support:

- The State’s businesses to recover, adapt, grow and develop enhanced business models that support employment retention and business growth, and

- New projects that contribute towards employment and growth of the Tasmanian economy.

The scheme recognises the importance of the visitor economy to Tasmania and will particularly assist businesses in this sector to improve tourism offerings within Tasmania, to build business resilience and capacity to adapt to a significantly disrupted and uncertain business environment.

The minimum loan amount is $20,000 and the maximum loan amount is $3 million.

The scheme opened for applications on Monday 14 September 2020 and will close 12 months later or until all funding has been utilised, whichever occurs first.

This scheme also incorporates the Heritage Places Renewal Loan Scheme, the Tourism Refurbishment Loan Scheme and the Regional Tourism Attraction Loan Scheme.

Learn more about the Business Growth Loan Scheme

Accessible Tourism

Accessible Tourism is a growing market. Learn more on how you can be more inclusive with these tips from Paraquad Tasmania.

Drive Journey Window Decals

Make yourself visible as part of the Northern Forage Drive Journey by placing a window decal on display. There is no cost involved. If you would like one please email kirsten@visitnorthtas.org.au

Drive Journey Feedback

The launch of the Drive Journeys in the intrastate market enables feedback to be collected from Tasmanians before the journeys are launched into the interstate market. The survey is now online for travellers to provide feedback on their journey experience: https://buysomethingtasmanian.com.au/road-trips/

COVID-19 fact sheet for the tourism industry

The Tasmanian Government has developed a fact sheet for the tourism industry that includes information to help keep you, your staff and visitors safe and provides answers to frequently asked questions specific to the tourism industry.

Download the fact sheet for the tourism industry

Government Resources and Grant Opportunities

Event Ready Grant Program

Events Tasmania is offering grants of up to $5,000 to assist events to meet the additional costs associated with planning and delivering COVID-19 safe events. Grants will be made available to eligible events scheduled prior to 30 June 2022.

Applications can be submitted at any time, however the program will close on 31 January 2022, or when funding has been fully allocated, whichever occurs first.

Download the program guidelines and visit the Events Tasmania website for more information.