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Slovenian residents receive tourist vouchers

Persons who are permanent residents of Slovenia and are over the age of 18 will receive EUR 200 in vouchers and those under the age of 18 will receive EUR 50. Vouchers can be used in Slovenia to purchase accommodation with breakfast or only accommodation.

This is one of the government measures to mitigate the consequences of the epidemic and provide direct assistance to the Slovenian tourism industry. To this end, the state has earmarked EUR 345 million.

Tourism is one of the economic sectors that was hardest hit by the epidemic not only in Slovenia but in global terms too. It is important to note that, due to the measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, no arrivals of tourists were recorded in Slovenia in April, and the number of overnight stays decreased by 52% from January to the end of April 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. According to some forecasts, it will take five years for tourism in Slovenia to recover. 

As a form of direct assistance, the government is introducing vouchers because of their far-reaching additional effects on other economic activities. With the three anti-corona legislative packages, the government, in addition to helping other economic sectors, is also providing indirect support to tourism, including subsidised temporary lay-off and subsidised short-time work.

Vouchers are transferrable between family members, exempt from taxation and may be used in parts. Vouchers will be valid from 19 June to 31 December 2020.

At press conference today Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek also said Slovenia was ready for the summer tourist season and added that one of the goals of Slovenian tourism had already been met with the commitment to green, safe and sustainable tourism.

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