Italy offers ‘holiday bonus’ to save its struggling tourism industry

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WITH continued border closures and coronavirus restrictions, Italy’s tourism industry, which accounts for 13 per cent of the national GDP, is in crisis. The government has announced a “holiday bonus” in an attempt to persuade its citizens to holiday at home instead of going abroad.

Italy’s tourist industry is expected to generate €3 billion less than usual this summer as visitor numbers remain low. The Italian government is trying to tackle the problem by subsidising trips within Italy. Households earning less than €40,000 a year may be entitled to a “holiday bonus” which can be used for holidaying within Italy.

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