They've lost almost half their business and can't wait for those Aussie dollars to roll in.
"All my weight and pack weight came down on my left foot."
The promotion has been labelled an April Fools stunt, despite being announced days ago.
The funding, given to councils, is expected to be in the vicinity of $13 million.
"I don't want to raise that expectation but we have said it will be soon."
The Tourism Minister is considering raising the levy overseas tourists pay to enter the country.
"We all want tourism to transition to more sustainable practices."
"It's desperate, things are desperate".
Targeting a certain type of 'high-value' traveller is unrealistic, writes Michael Lueck.