Cheap meals, holidays and a big Cats final!

Home venues Geelong are hoping for a successful weekend thanks to a rare quadrille of bank and school days, a cash bonus from the government and an appearance for the Cats in the AFL Grand Final.

Thursday’s National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, followed by Victoria’s Grand Final Bank Holiday on Friday, is set to combine with the spring school holidays to bring higher than usual tourist numbers to Geelong and on the surf coast.

The Victorian government also announced the restart of its popular rebate scheme, which offers a 25% rebate to anyone who spends $40 or more at a hospitality or entertainment venue anywhere in the state.

Tourism Greater Geelong, Bellarine CEO Brett Ince said it would be an exciting few weeks for the region.

“With our mighty Cats in the Grand Final, the opportunity to catch up with family and friends in bars and restaurants, and being able to watch the game together in Geelong, we know it will be an incredible atmosphere for the region,” said Mr. Ince.

He said bookings for the long weekend were strong, but there was still availability.

“Being the school holidays and the week before the Grand Final, we know many people will be booking last minute and coming to the area.”

The voucher system opened yesterday and will be available in spring and early summer.

They offer discounts on restaurants, tickets to shows, and admission fees to amusement parks, galleries, and art exhibits.

Each person can make multiple claims up to a total of $125 over the life of the plan.

Plan details can be found here.

Image: Geelong’s Edge Restaurant (provided)

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