The Andalusian regional government plans to grant a 25 per cent discount on travel made within the region between 1 October and 31 May next year in a bid to reactivate tourism, a sector that has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
This scheme was announced on Wednesday by Junta vice-president and minister for Tourism, Juan Marín, who indicated that the discount would apply to residents of Andalucía and on stays of a minimum of three nights in a hotel, booked through a travel agency.
This incentive will be valid for a maximum of three trips during this period (October 2020 to May 2021), up to a maximum of 300 euros for each trip, says Marín.
The regional head of tourism gave the example of an Andalusian family who travelled for four or five days in the region: "If the bill for the trip amounts to 1,200 euros, they would receive a direct subsidy of 300 euros," he said.
This measure to support tourism was discussed at a meeting held on Wednesday in Seville between Marín and the Andalusian Federation of Travel Agencies, which will work closely with the Regional Government to promote this initiative.
To be eligible the user must be registered with a town hall in Andalucía (empadronado). The discount only applies to agencies and accommodation that have the Andalucía Segura certificate from the regional authority.
Applicants must fill in a form at the travel agency when booking and then the invoices must be handed in to an official registry. The authority will then pay the 25%.