The WA government is giving away over half a million dollars worth of vouchers to support local tourism when the border reopens.
The vouchers will be eligible for some of Western Australia’s most popular tourist experiences.
Tourism WA will provide 3,400 of the ‘Gifts From Western Australia’ – two-person vouchers, worth between $150 to $2,200 for a three-day tour of Margaret River.
Some of the attractions include skydiving at Rottnest Island, trips to the Pinnacles, and swimming with dolphins.
But for some lucky visitors, the party starts before getting to Western Australia because Tourism WA is delivering 200 toy quokkas to Qantas for the first flights from Sydney and Melbourne to promote Rottnest Island and ‘The World’s Happiest Animal’ to visitors.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the State Government wanted to encourage visitors to “experience all we can offer” and make sure the benefits were enjoyed by local tourism operators.
Tourism Minister, Roger Cook, said that in addition to the vouchers supporting travellers, they’d also advertise some of WA’s tourism operators.
“Western Australia is a place like no other, and these vouchers will encourage the first arrivals to explore the stunning coastlines, famous food and wine, unique art and culture, and ancient Aboriginal history,” Cook said.
“The vouchers, through Tourism WA, will also support and promote various tourism operators in Perth and the surrounding regions to thousands of incoming visitors.”
Western Australia’s border re-opening allows travellers to enter the state quarantine-free for all vaccinated interstate and overseas tourists from 3 March.
Travellers will be able to enter Western Australia if they meet the international requirements to enter Australia, take a rapid antigen test (RAT) within 12 hours of arrival, and report any positive result if there is one.
“March 3 will be a step forward for Western Australia, a safe step forward, taken at the right time, in the right way, for the right reasons,” McGowan said.
“There comes a point where the border is redundant because we’ll already have the growth of cases here, having the border is no longer effective.”