Dugald Saunders

The NSW Nationals in the state government is calling on everyone to be a COVID safe tourist in their own backyard and support local businesses by booking tours and visiting attractions.

NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the regions were the ideal place for a COVID safe holiday and encouraged travellers to show their support for local businesses.

“With the long weekend and weather improving, there is so much to do in places like Mudgee, Dubbo, Wellington and Narromine, and I invite holidaymakers to enjoy our local highlights, attractions and hospitality in a COVID safe way,” he said.

“Every hotel stay, every meal, every interaction with a local business makes a difference – our community is incredibly grateful to every person who visits and shows support.”

The NSW Nationals in the state government have released a new tool to inspire holidaymakers and help them ‘value-add’ to their stay:

? An interactive ‘Love NSW’ map that allows travellers to search for and identify tourism experiences based on theme. Users can also find experiences within three hours’ drive of a selected location, or zoom in to street level to see links to even more tourism businesses (www.lovensw.com.au)

Aussies put locals first

Trends in holiday planning show that the top three types of holiday Australians will take in the next 12 months are a road trip (68 per cent), a trip to visit friends and family (66 per cent) and a trip to the countryside (65 per cent).

Visitors, locals and businesses are reminded to stay COVID safe during the school holidays by maintaining social distancing, good hygiene and staying home if unwell. Holidaymakers are encouraged to phone ahead to confirm bookings and check local conditions with business operators.

For travel inspiration: www.visitnsw.com.