Victorians will be handed 10,000 new $200 vouchers to help regional hospitality and tourism businesses hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown.

Acting Premier James Merlino announced a $32.2 million package on Sunday to support the tourism industry, including 10,000 new travel vouchers on offer.

“Today we are announcing a $32.2 million package, made up of $16 million to provide a further round of the very popular regional tourism vouchers,” Mr Merlino said.

Regional travel vouchers will be valued at $200 each.

An additional 70,000 unclaimed vouchers from a previous scheme are also on offer.

The new vouchers equate to about $2 million dollars and not the total $16 million specified by the acting premier.

“A $16 million investment will fund a fourth release of popular regional travel vouchers – 10,000 new vouchers and 70,000 vouchers allocated through previous rounds but not claimed,” the Victorian government said in a statement.

“A release date for the vouchers and travel windows will be advised in due course.”

A further $11.8 million will be spent on $4500 payments to businesses, resulting in all Victorian tourism operators receiving a total of $7000 in support during the snap lockdown.

The government has also implemented a $4.4 million package for ski and mountain operators.

Alpine businesses will receive grants of up to $15,000 to help them comply with Covid-19 restrictions.

The travel voucher scheme will be extended by three weeks due to lockdown restrictions.

“Travel vouchers provide a terrific incentive for Victorians to explore their own backyard and we know from recent experience that they will be popular,” Victorian Tourism Minister Martin Pakula said.

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