19 March 2021

Business Sydney says today’s announcement of the statewide rollout of Dine & Discover offers a timely incentive for everyone to spend up and boost business in the still-struggling arts, hospitality and tourism sectors - especially in Sydney’s CBD.

“The CBD will be among the hardest hit when JobKeeper ends, with over 20,000 businesses with a registered head office in the City of Sydney still receiving it, more than any local government area in Australia. Bringing more business to cultural institutions, tourist attractions or hospitality venues will help keep them afloat and people in jobs,” said Katherine O’Regan, Executive Director of Business Sydney.

“The successful trials of the $100 Dine & Discover vouchers in The Rocks, CBD and Northern Beaches paved the way for the staggered statewide rollout and while the Dine vouchers have already proven popular, it’s now time to visit some of the great cultural institutions, fun and entertaining places in Sydney, using your $50 to Discover or re-discover them.”

“Bigger venues like the Opera House, Sydney Aquarium and Taronga Zoo will be popular, but it’s also important to consider the many smaller cultural institutions and community-run venues across Sydney, where you can use the vouchers and help the still-struggling arts, live music and performance sectors.”

“It’s hoped the vouchers will also encourage more people into the city at night to experience the wonderful cultural institutions, entertainment and dining venues in the CBD, building the night time economy. Busier streets after dark will help women feel safer to be out enjoying the night.”

“Customers can feel comfortable visiting all registered Dine & Discover venues as each had to present its Covid safe plan prior to registration and there is expected to be a big uptake of the program with eligible businesses able to register right up to the cut-off date of June 30.”

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David Peters

Public Affairs Manager

With many years’ experience as a Sydney-based news and current affairs journalist, David brings an extensive knowledge of our city, its people and the issues that concern them to role as Public Affairs Manager for Business Sydney. For all media enquiries please contact David Peters on 0413 872 491