The state government announced that various accommodation and experience vouchers would be on offer for Tasmanians from 9am on September 7.
Vision Hotels director Brandon Deeley said the vouchers would be fantastic for tourist-centric businesses.
“I think it’s a really creative initiative to try and stimulate the Tasmanian tourism industry,” he said.
Any Tasmanian over the age of 18 can claim up to $150 in travel vouchers: One $100 accommodation voucher and/or one $50 experience voucher.
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Vision Hotels owns the Scamander Beach Resort and the Coach House Launceston. Mr Deeley said both rates for those hotels were set to under $100 a night until December.
“From our side of things we’re hopeful this will really bring a whole bunch of people to come and enjoy our hotels completely free,” he said.
“It’s such a wonderful opportunity, who doesn’t want a free holiday? … it’s just incredible and it will kick the industry on hopefully until we can reopen our borders.”
While Vision had lowered their rates, Mr Deeley said any business looking to profit off the new system by hiking prices wouldn’t last long depending on local business.
“You’ve got to know which side of your bread’s buttered, if you’re a business that chooses to try and rort Tasmanians, then you don’t deserve to be in business,” Mr Deeley said.
“But for those businesses who take this on board and do the right thing by Tasmanians, Tasmanians will do right by them.”
Premier Peter Gutwein also cautioned any tourism operations looking to take advantage of the scheme.
“That would surprise me if anyone tried to do that,” Mr Gutwein said.
“I would say to any business that was looking to do that: don’t price yourself out of the market for goodness sake.”