Hard-hit holiday destinations battered by the coronavirus crisis are offering to pay travellers to visit once the pandemic is over.
Many popular hotspots have not had any visitors with flights grounded and borders closed globally.
Britons have been advised against all non-essential travel and from June 8, there will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine for any travellers returning home.
Currently the UK Foreign Office has extended the advice for an “indefinite” period, and there is great uncertainty over when these guidelines will change, reports MirrorOnline.
Some destinations are desperate for travellers to visit in order to boost the ailing tourism sector. We’ve taken a look at what could be on offer once lockdown restrictions are lifted.
The Italian island could fund half of flight costs and offer one free night of accommodation in three.
Holidaymakers will also enjoy free entry to some of the regions world-class museums and archeological sights.
Vouchers will be made available via the Mediterranean island’s official website, Visit Sicily.
A £10.2 billion plan to provide subsidies to travellers could start as early as July if the rate of infection continues to decline, according to the Japan Times.
It has not been confirmed yet whether it could be rolled out to international visitors, but the Japan Travel Agency said in a tweet that it was intended to “stimulate domestic travel demand within Japan after the Covid-19 pandemic and only cover a portion of domestic travel expenses.”
A ski resort in Nagano, host of the 1998 Winter Olympics, announced the scheme on its Facebook page.
It said: “The international travel picture is still unclear however many countries around the globe are beginning to emerge from the Corona Pandemic and keen to get economies back on track.
“The Japanese economy has become very reliant on tourism as an industry. Like many countries it has taken a major hit with numbers dropping by 99.9 per cent from April 2019 to April 2020.
“To counteract this and get Japan loved again the Government has announced it is putting together a scheme.
“It could cover half your travel expenses on a trip to Japan.
“Details are still being finalised but with the 2021 Tokyo Olympics planned for next Summer officials are keen to get the ball rolling as soon as possible once all well to do so.”
Free hotel accommodation could be available in some resorts.
According to the Association of Hotels in Cancun, one new measure could be ‘Come to Cancun 2×1’ offer, which offers a free night in the hotel if you pay for two.
Other offers could include cash towards plane tickets with some travel companies.
Visitors to Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach and other tourist hotspots will be offered free sun loungers, sun beds and tables when the resorts re-open for business.
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Patricia Yates, VisitBritain’s acting chief executive told The Sun that financial incentives are being considered in order to persuade Brits to enjoy the tourism opportunities at home.
She told Sun Online : “For every country, kickstarting the domestic market is really important and Italy has gone with that idea.
“It is an interesting suggestion for us if we look at what others are doing.
“So we could be looking at marketing campaigns or yes, you could give money straight to people and incentivise them to holiday at home.”
Travellers testing positive for coronavirus when they arrive in Cyprus will receive free care and their families or friends will have their costs of lodging, food and drink covered by the island’s government.
Passengers will be randomly tested when they arrive at the island’s airport once its borders are opened again for tourists.