State Member for the Blue Mountains Trish Doyle has criticised the recently announced Stay and Rediscover Voucher Scheme, saying it will be offered too late for tourism operators to recover from the downturn caused by lockdown.
The scheme is designed to support accommodation providers across the state by offering $50 vouchers to all residents aged 18 or over. The NSW Premier, Dominic Perrottet, said that the scheme will start as a pilot in November, with view to a statewide rollout in March 2022.
Ms Doyle, however, believes this implementation to be too slow. She said: "It's incumbent the government gets this stimulus right and gets the vouchers out the door by November 1.
"This seems to a recurring theme with this government - delays and under-delivery."
However, president of Blue Mountains Tourism, Jason Cronshaw, sees the logic in announcing the scheme well ahead of time.
"Offering vouchers from March allows customers and businesses to plan ahead and know that additional support is still coming rather than having everything active at the same time. Operators will need support from March onwards especially while we are waiting for the international markets to re-open fully."
"We have seen so many support packages offered quickly and promised immediately which have taken much longer to deliver than planned so it is better to have an announcement for something into the future and get it implemented than trying to rush it and we get disappointed again."