'Staycation' deals for locals to boost lost January tourism trade

 Eden township and surrounds, as beautiful as ever. Photo: Phill Small Photography
Eden township and surrounds, as beautiful as ever. Photo: Phill Small Photography

The Eden Visitor Information Centre (EVIC) jumped into action as soon as the mass exodus of Victorian tourists occurred on New Year's Eve, getting to work on some amazing deals for locals.

EVIC Manager Clair Mudaliar said the concept is to entice residents of the Bega Valley Shire to enjoy a "staycation" in their own shire and simultaneously assist in boosting the local economy.

"Eden was heavily impacted by the border closure, as 90 percent of our visitors come from Victoria," she said.

"We came up with the idea for the Staycation package because locals' holiday plans were disrupted as well, with so many travel restrictions and many visitors who had planned to come no longer able to.

"It's really surprising how many people who live in say... Bega, Candelo, Bemboka or Bermagui have never really spent any time in Eden to see the sights. I think its something all of us are guilty of - never exploring our own backyards!" Ms Mudaliar said.

"The beautiful untouched paradise of Eden hasn't gone anywhere, even though the crowds have, and this has provided a very unique opportunity to enjoy the area in peak summer holiday time without the hustle and bustle."

EVIC has put together numerous deals on two-night stays, available to residents of the Bega Valley Shire, including motel rooms, private holiday rental homes, and powered/unpowered campsites, aiming to offer something for everyone, particularly families wanting to get in a mini-break.

"Get in while the weather is good before school goes back, explore Ben Boyd National Park or go on a bay cruise, there is so much locals may not have seen or done," Ms Mudaliar said.

All guests who book a two-night stay, receive a "Staycation" deal booklet which includes discounts on attractions, "Staycation" dollars to spend in stores, and discounted meals and coffees.

"There have been really generous offers from our local businesses to support the initiative," Ms Mudaliar said.

"We're trying to not just fill beds, but encourage spending in our town through other businesses as well.

"In a time of pivoting and constant change, EVIC is trying to stay ahead of the game, whilst also providing a unique and discounted holiday offering to local residents," she said.

You can find out more via the EVIC website: www.visiteden.com.au/staycation/, by popping into the information centre, or by calling: 6496 1953.

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