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

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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