Travel Voucher Victoria In Australia has led to the crash of Business Victoria website.
NewsOne Nigeria understands that the Business Victoria website has crashed as people scramble to nab the first batch of the 40,000 free regional travel vouchers.
A “500 Internal Server Error” message surfaced within 30 seconds when Victorians attempted to log on to the website to snap up the free $200 coupons at 10am today (Australian time).
Reports in the Australian media says there was also no Apply Now button, which is used to get the voucher, at 10.20am, noting that once the button became live after 10.30am, Victorians were then hit with an “unable to process request” message.
“Servers are temporarily unable to respond to your request,” the error message read. “We apologise for the inconvenience.”
Victorians were advised to try again in a “few moments”, before the Apply Now button was temporarily removed to allow people to complete their registration.
“We are currently experiencing a high demand on the website for the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme and have temporarily removed the ‘Apply now’ button,” another message read.
According to reports, there are 120,000 travel vouchers up for grabs, with 40,000 vouchers available across three separate batches.
People have been urged to get in quick to avoid missing out, the coupons being allocated on a “first come, first serve basis”.
Tourism Minister Martin Pakula said he did expect “demand to outstrip supply”, with similar schemes in other states proving popular.
“It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an extra nights’ accommodation on a weekend getaway or to experience one of our many tours and attractions,” Mr Pakula said.
“A bit more money in people’s pockets means they can see more and do more in regional Victoria – helping local businesses and the people and communities they support to bounce back.”
Use of Travel Voucher Victoria
The vouchers can be used in all of regional Victoria, plus the Yarra Ranges and the Mornington Peninsula, from December 12 until May next year.
Victorians must spend $400 or more on accommodation, tourism attractions or tours, and book at least two nights of paid accommodation in the specified periods in order to be eligible.
The $28 million scheme is open to Victorian residents aged 18 or over and vouchers are restricted to one per household.