The Canaries has announced further details of its Tourist Bonus, which will be available from 1st July.
Islanders over the age of 18 who wish to take part in the scheme must sign up on the www.somosafortunados.com website from 1st July, and their names will be put into a lottery which will distribute 50,000 subsidies of €200, which can be used for accommodation or other tourist services.
The subsidy will take the form of a physical or virtual card, which travellers must match with €200 of their own money.
A separate bonus will be available for use in travel agents, in which case the travellers do not have to match the amount, but do have to book a stay of at least five days in summer (July to September), or three days in the winter season (October to December).
Businesses and hotels that wish to take part in the initiative can sign up for the scheme from the 21st June
The lottery will take place “before the 14th July” and be witnessed officially at a notary’s office.
Faced with criticism that the places were limited to 50,000, Canarian Tourism Minister Yaiza Castilla said “This is not intended to pay for Canarian residents’ holidays, but instead to boost the tourism sector. I wish we could reach all two million Canarians, but sadly we don’t have the money.”
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