With less then a month to go to use Dine & Discover vouchers Illawarra businesses are seeing a surge in their use.
While many people have redeemed them for food, time is running out for those show haven't decided how to use their Discover vouchers.
And businesses are finding new ways to show them how.
Symbio Wildlife Park came up with a unique idea that proved immediately popular the last week.
Marketing manager Kevin Fallon said after securing permission from the NSW Government the family run zoo at Helensburgh has launched an online redemption system.
"People can go online and use their discover vouchers and redeem them for a $25 Symbio gift pass," Mr Fallon said.
"That has been going gangbusters. We have already had 2000 redemptions in a week after using our social media as a driver of awareness."
Some people have been passing them on to KidzWish to distribute to families with children who would enjoy a visit to the zoo.
At Stand Up Paddle Boarding Shellharbour Rebecca Dunning said the Dine & Discover initiative has gone really well for her business.
"When people book in I often ask them if they want to use their Discover voucher," she said.
"Some times they don't realise they can. It makes it a lot easier for people.
"A $40 session goes down to $15 with a Discover voucher. Most people are as keen as. And you get the payment in two to five days so it has been nice and easy.
"I have got nothing bad to say about it whatsoever."
Ms Dunning said many new customers were trying stand up paddle boarding because of the vouchers and encouraged people not to leave it until it was too late to use them.
"The next 30 days is going to go pretty quick," she said.
"The sooner you book in the better. We are bookable online which makes it nice and easy.
"A good 50 per cent of my business is people using their Discover vouchers."
With sunny weather forecast for the start of winter Ms Dunning is expecting a lot more people to use their vouchers during June.
She said for those people who have always wanted to try stand up paddle boarding but never have, now was a good time to try because it will only cost them $15.
"There are a lot more nice days to come," she said.
"If you don't fall in and don't get wet you won't get cold. Most people don't fall in anyway."
Ryan Capobianco, of SmashLAB Rage Room, said his business has had a few challenges with the system but the vouchers have definitely helped in recent months and attracted new clientele.
"We are still getting a lot of people using them. It hasn't really died down," she said.
"We are definitely seeing a different type of customer. We are getting people we have never seen before."
When Dine & Discover started SmashLAB Rage Room had to change its system because traditionally people have had to pay up front when they book. Whereas the vouchers can't be redeemed until people come in.
"It is running smoothly now and we are seeing new clientele we haven't seen before," he said.
"With less than a month to go will probably do another push on social media for people to use their Discover vouchers here.
"I reckon there will be a last minute rush.
"Not has many people have used their Discover vouchers because there is not as many options with recreational activities as there are for the Dine vouchers."
At The Illawarra hotel Ryan Aitchison applied to be able to use Discover vouchers for live shows.
Thousands of Dine vouchers for food have been redeemed at the venue but approval recently came through to allow Discover vouchers to be used.
"We spend almost $400,000 a year on live entertainment," Mr Aitchison said.
"I said obviously we are classified as a pub but we should also fall into the category of live music venue because we spend more than most live music venues on live entertainment.
"They came back to us a few weeks ago and said they acknowledge the contribution we make to live music and we can now accept Discover vouchers.
"I then thought how we could turn this privilege into something that is going to benefit the local community. So I launched Live Lunches where I put on another 12 hours live entertainment each week over lunch. People can use a Discover voucher to come and watch a live artist and get some food as well as a package.
"We are doing it from Thursday to Sunday and have had a good response so far. We have pretty much tripled trade on those days as a whole. Which is great. And we are looking to build that over this last month of Dine & Discover.
"It is helping keep the artists working so everyone wins. Just about every live performer in the region is available to work at that time. And this is giving them more opportunities to play."
The Illawarra is also planning to announce a live show on the June long weekend where people can use their Discover vouchers.
Mr Aitchison is also letting other live music venues know that Discover vouchers might be a possibility for them and is passing on contact information for who they need to speak to.
"Everyone I speak to has a couple of Discover vouchers ready to burn and nowhere to really do it," he said.
Registered businesses can be found by typing in a postcode on the Services NSW website. They include:
- The Art Bar Kiama
- Greater Union,
- Shellharbour Ten Pin Bowl,
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding Shellharbour,
- Hello World Travel
- B Lucky
- Holey Moley
- Wollongong Karts
- Our World Travel
- Skydive the Beach
- District Skate
- Illawarra Fly
- Jamberoo Action Park
- Little Stompers
- Jubilee Amusements
- Trampolines R Fun
- Eton Gorge Theatre Company
- Papi Dulce
- The Illawarra
- Matilda's Farmyard Nursery
- Malimbe Safaris
- Northern Bowl
- Ready Set Play
- Smashlab Rage Room
- Zone Bowling
- C1 Speed Indoor Carting and Laser Tag
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