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Please take my holiday, locked down Sydneysider urges

When Sydney’s eastern suburbs were first put into lockdown, my first thoughts were of concern. But there was a part of me that wondered if I could take their ski accommodation.


I’d given up on decent ski accommodation in NSW when all that was left were a handful of somewhat sketchy offerings on Airbnb, miles from the ski fields. So surely you can understand why I hoped (as it turns out, very briefly, back when we thought we could still control the most recent outbreak) to nab the accommodation my fellow Sydneysiders were having to abandon. 


Because at the moment, there are two types of Aussies (three, if you count those stranded overseas): those in lockdown and those not. 


If you are not in lockdown, please, take the holidays we’d booked when your borders were open. Take our accommodation, our meals, our tours, our hire cars. Take them because our tourism industry and our country needs you to take them.



In fact, a new campaign is encouraging Western Australians to check out thousands of holiday opportunities that have become available in top destinations across their state.


“We know tourism operators are still feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the recent outbreaks in the eastern states impacting bookings here in Western Australia,” WA tourism minister David Templeman said.


“Western Australians wandered out yonder in great numbers last year and our tourism industry welcomes everyone’s ongoing local support.”


Launched today (Monday, 19 July) the Relook and Book campaign will see the State Government, through Tourism WA, partnering with Webjet to offer a $100 discount to the first 3,000 flights booked on its platform.


The offer is available now until sold out on flights from Perth to Broome, Perth to Kununurra, and Perth to Exmouth. It is also available on flights between Broome and Kununurra to encourage visitors to explore both sides of the Kimberley region.


This is in addition to the already discounted flights on the Perth routes, announced last year in a historic aviation deal with Qantas and Virgin Australia.


More information about the ‘Relook and Book’ campaign is available on the Tourism WA website.


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Published: 17 July 2021

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