Victorian businesses are still struggling in the wake of the Omicron surge. And earlier today the state government announced a new $201 million stimulus package to help support them.

It includes big dining and entertainment rebates as well as the return of the popular travel voucher scheme; $30 million has been set aside to inspire Victorians to holiday at home.

“We’re encouraging Victorians to experience the best the state has to offer by going to see a show, having lunch with friends or visiting somewhere new,” minister for industry support and recovery, Martin Pakula, said in a statement.

The voucher program will open on March 23 for travel between April 8 and May 27, with 150,000 up for grabs. So, mark your diary and start planning.

Each voucher is worth $200 and is available to use when you spend $400 at eligible tourism attractions and events businesses.

An extra 10,000 vouchers will be set aside for Victorian seniors, which will be released through a ballot; it’ll open on March 15, also for travel between April 8 and May 27.