Passport to Hobart supporting hospitality industry

EATING out in Hobart is now even more rewarding, with the Passport to Hobart program offering vouchers in return for supporting local business.

The pilot program is now active via the Stamp Me app, which allows users to collect a “passport” stamp each time they spend $20 or more at a participating venue.

Five stamps will earn you a $20 voucher to spend.

Acting Lord Mayor Helen Burnet said nearly 50 Hobart-based food and beverage businesses had signed up for the program.

“There’s a broad variety of venues participating, giving a real cross-section of Hobart’s amazing food and beverage sector,” Ms Burnett said.

“Now that the hustle and bustle of the festive season is behind us, this program provides some extra incentive to visit your favourite venue or to explore venues that you haven’t been to before.

“With fewer tourists around this Summer, it’s a chance to rediscover our own city while supporting local businesses.”

Economic Development and Communications Committee chair Damon Thomas said Passport to Hobart operated like a loyalty program, with the difference being that users could dine at a variety of venues to accrue their stamps.

“Every time you spend $20 in a participating venue, you’ll get a stamp on your passport,” he said.

“Five stamps will earn you a $20 voucher to spend.

“If you’re one of the first 3,500 people to download the app, you’ll also receive a $10 welcome voucher to get you started.

“Participating in this program is a small way that you can support our business community and help build a more resilient local economy.”

Dãna Eating House general manager Mikaela Mulvaney said the initiative would help a lot of hospitality businesses through a quieter than normal Summer period without the Taste and Sydney to Hobart.

“Initiatives like this encourage people to get out and about, visit their favourite restaurants, their locals and maybe somewhere new,” she said.

Dãna Eating House opened in August 2020 and dealt with the situation of operating during a pandemic, but has received great support from the local community and other businesses in the hospitality industry.

For more information on the program, including a list of participating venues, visit hellohobart.com.au/passport.

The Stamp Me app is available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play store.

Note that some conditions do apply, including a minimum age of 18 years, and that only one stamp can be earned or one voucher redeemed per day and by any group of diners.

Participants are encouraged to view the FAQs on the website for full details.

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