Young Australians desperate for a holiday have been given a new incentive to pack their bags to explore the country with thousands of free travel vouchers on offer.
Online travel company Travello is giving away 600,000 vouchers worth $50 each to provide a $30million shot in the arm for tourism operators devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Holiday Cash Giveaway initiative aims to inject an $100million stimulus to tourism operators by receiving bookings, with an additional flow on effect to assisting local economies, accommodation providers and transport services.
Travellers will be able to choose from over 1,000 travel experiences ranging from skydives, hot balloon experiences and food and wine tours to bridge climbs and whale watching tours.
The vouchers can also be redeemed on incredible bucket list adventures such as diving with whale sharks in Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef, Kakadu National Park tours and scenic flights over Australian icons such as the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru.
There is one catch - the vouchers are only available to Australians aged 18-35 and will go fast after they became available on Wednesday.
The vouchers can also be redeemed on incredible bucket list adventures such as visiting Uluru
Successful recipients will have one month to book their experience but then have until the end of 2022 to redeem the vouchers.
'With borders closed and stop-start lockdowns interrupting business, tourism operators are doing it tough,' Travello chief executive Ryan Hanly said.
'The lack of international tourists and the Australian tendency to 'fly and flop', rather than jump on tours and activities, has made recovery difficult for the local tourism industry.'
'Further to that, the recent Federal Budget did little to help smaller operators and many are now very close to closing down and have very little voice in the recovery discussion. The Holiday Cash Giveaway is our contribution to change that'.
A recent Pedestrian Group survey revealed young Australians aged 20-35 are reluctant to travel in their own country, citing cost and a perceived lack of exciting activities and locations.
The voucher can also be used for once-in-a-lifetime tours of the Great Barrier Reef (pictured, Queensland's Heart Reef)
The operator of Cairns tourist attraction Skypark in Far North Queensland welcomed the new initiative.
'From the outside looking in, it may appear that travel is booming because you can't get a hotel room during the school holidays, but perception isn't reality and many tourism operators are still heavily impacted and many businesses haven't survived,' Jayde Edwards said.
Autopia Tours chief executive Paul Beames added: 'Pre-Covid, youth travellers formed a big part of our business, so this initiative by Travello to get Australians travelling and even exploring their own backyards is exactly what the industry needs to put much needed spend directly into the pockets of operators.'
Winners will also be able to book incredible snorkelling trips (pictured off Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia)
Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive Margy Osmond described the initiative target a reluctant demographic as clever.
'If they can get these people to think differently about holidays in Australia, then that’s a good thing,' Ms Osmond told Seven News.
It comes after Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland offered their own travel incentives to boost the local economy.
Travello will covering the entire cost of the voucher scheme, so that participating tourism operators can gain maximum benefit from the campaign.
To get your voucher, visit: https://holiday-cash-giveaway.travelloapp.com/
Skypark in Cairns is another activity those who bag the vouchers will be able to take part in