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Destinations Entice Visitors by Subsidizing Post-COVID-19 Travel

by Angelique Platas

Jun 22, 2020

Photo: Krivinis | Dreamstime.com

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Slowly, but surely, countries around the world are beginning to open back up to international visitors. The immense blow the global economy and tourism industry took due to the pandemic forced hard-hit destinations to offer creative and alluring ways to bring travelers back — some are even enticing their own citizens to holiday at home and boost the local economy.

 

Those itching to get out and about, feeding their wanderlust as soon as possible, can take advantage of these travel incentives around the world.

 

First Come, First Serve

While admittedly not the most welcoming approach to attracting tourism, but one of the safest, Madeira is offering free COVID-19 tests to visitors when its borders open to international tourists July 1. The Portuguese island will welcome visitors presenting negative for COVID-19 on arrival, or 72 hours prior to departure. The tests will be paid for by the Madeira government.

 

One of the first countries to reopen for international visitors, Iceland will also offer free COVID-19 testing for all arrivals. Just keep in mind, guests testing positive for COVID-19 will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

New Forms of Insurance

While the risk of contracting COVID-19 anywhere at any time is still a real threat, having some travel insurance is key for travelers — Cyprus is offering a safety net — sort of. The island’s government is wooing travelers by offering to cover accommodations, food and medical (while in quarantine) for tourists who contract COVID-19 while visiting.

 

Scratch Italy’s Back, They Scratch Yours

One of the hardest hit nations by the pandemic, Italy lost $1.1 billion on March and April tourism alone. In order to get some of those much-needed tourism dollars back, Sicily is utilizing a multimillion-dollar fund to draw in visitors, including promotional flight discounts, lower hotel rates and vouchers for tourists to use in the near future.

 

Sicily. Photo: Delstudio | Dreamstime.com

 

South of the Border

Hotels and resorts across Cozumel, Cancun and Grand Costa Maya are enticing travelers to come back to Mexico with buy-two-get-two-free options. The new campaign is targeting travelers who want to be among the first back at the newly opened resorts and hotels by offering discounts on rental cars, free nights for kids and deals at golf courses and theme parks.

 

Domestic Benefits

Catch up with the thrills and summer fun you might’ve missed earlier in the season with buy-two-days-get-two-days-free tickets from Universal Orlando in Florida. This is a limited offer and comes with important safety guidelines.

 

Staycations

For would-be summer travelers in sought-after destinations like Switzerland and Japan, residents are being enticed to stay home and support the local economies.

 

In an effort to reignite domestic tourism, Switzerland is working on a billion-dollar “Switzerland First” tourism recovery program, offering citizens $200 vouchers to spend on domestic hospitality.

 

In Japan, government officials could offer residents up to $184 a day in vouchers to stay and play domestically, as the country is still closed to international travelers.

 

Side note: The World Travel and Tourism Council offers these #SafeTravels tips for anyone embarking on travel.

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