More dining, discovering

The Dine & Discover voucher scheme has been extended for another month, bringing some good news to the local tourism industry.

The vouchers will now be able to be used until the end of July, taking in the school holiday period.

The vouchers are valid at a range of businesses across the Mountains. Participating businesses can be found with a postcode search on the state government website, https://mybusiness.service.nsw.gov.au/dine-and-discover/business-finder.

The extension was welcomed by the the NSW Tourism Industry Council, the state's peak tourism organisation.

"Extending the Dine & Discover scheme to cover the NSW school holidays will boost the traditional softer winter period and ensure families have the time to get out and explore the fabulous attractions across NSW," said the council's executive manager, Greg Binskin

"Businesses have been telling us how important the impact of the vouchers has been, not only to their cashflow but to support the retention of staffing levels."

Meanwhile, council has put on exhibition for public comment a draft 10-year tourism plan.

The draft economic development and tourism strategy - developed through extensive community and stakeholder engagement in 2020 - highlights the importance of collaboration between council, businesses, industry and the community.

"This strategy sets the future direction of economic development and tourism in the Blue Mountains," the mayor, Mark Greenhill, said.

"It will involve council, community, business owners, educators, key industries and the tourism sector all working together collaboratively to shape a vibrant and sustainable economy.

"It will co-ordinate this effort to create positive economic outcomes for residents, a world-class visitor experience and protect our pristine natural environment."

Council is seeking community feedback on the strategic directions and action plans in the document. Submissions can be made until Friday, July 9 at https://yoursay.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/.