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Locked-down Sydneysiders could win hotel staycation as part of New South Wales’ economic revival

How holiday-starved Aussies could win a FREE stay at a swanky Sydney hotel and avoid missing out on a summer break as bookings in hotspots like Bryon Bay fill up fast

  • Sydney-siders could soon be able to enter a ‘lottery’ to win a hotel staycation
  • Idea is part of New South Wales’ economic revival plan from the Covid pandemic
  • Locked-down residents could win free accomodation for hotels around Sydney
  • Demand for travel in NSW has booked out popular coastal spots like Byron Bay 


Locked-down Sydney-siders could soon be able to enter a ‘lottery’ to win a free holiday at locations across the city.

Western Sydney Business Chamber director, David Borger, put forward the bold new proposal to the NSW government during a meeting of business leaders and ministers in an effort to revive the once bustling city. 

If funding is approved, residents will be afforded the opportunity to explore Sydney surrounds in a staycation style holiday.

The lottery could be a great option for those in need of a break as post-lockdown bookings for hotspots such as Byron Bay fill up fast.

Sydney-siders could soon enter a lottery to win a hotel staycation as the state plans to revive the city out of lockdown

The idea was drawn up to relieve workers clocked up annual-leave balances from the last 18 months – which would have otherwise been used on domestic and international travel. 

A ‘lottery’ would also alleviate companies with significant liabilities while encouraging holiday-makers back to hotels that suffered an ‘image crisis’ as part of the state’s quarantine program. 

The proposal would be part of an economic plan to revive the city hit hardest by Covid-19 restrictions as businesses and residents remain locked-down for almost three months. 

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, who was present at the meeting told The Daily Telegraph they were in the process of reviewing ideas to help the city ‘bounce back from the pandemic’.

The idea was drawn up to relieve workers who accrued annual-leave balances over the last 18 months

The idea was drawn up to relieve workers who accrued annual-leave balances over the last 18 months

‘We know people and businesses throughout the state have been doing it tough and we want to get as much of NSW up and running as safely and quickly as possible,’ he said.

‘These areas of Sydney are the economic engine room of NSW and having endured some of the harshest restrictions we need to get it firing again.’ 

The proposed plan comes as holiday-makers are forced to turn their sights on home holiday spots with border closures forcing many residents to look within the state.

Holidaymakers are forced to turn their sights on home holiday spots with international and domestic border closures forcing many residents to look within the state

Holidaymakers are forced to turn their sights on home holiday spots with international and domestic border closures forcing many residents to look within the state

Naturally, New South Wales residents have turned to holiday hotspot Byron Bay for its relaxed vibes and easygoing lifestyle.

Its beaches have made it the perfect holiday destination and Hollywood local Chris Hemsworth has no doubt added to the appeal by calling the coastal town his home.

Its superstar status has attracted residents throughout the December/January period with over 95 per cent of accomodation rented according to Booking.com’s website.  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk