Ljubljana, 20 July (STA) - Roughly 130,000 Slovenian residents have redeemed state-sponsored tourism vouchers worth EUR 20 million in the first month since the launch of a scheme designed to help the Slovenian tourism industry recover from the coronavirus epidemic.
The rate at which the vouchers are redeemed has been growing an more than 20,000 bookings have already been made for the coming days, Financial Administration director Peter Jenko told the press on Monday.
The bulk of the vouchers were redeemed at the most popular tourism destinations: coastal resorts, Gorenjska region and spas. Some 44% were spent on hotels, 20% for self-service apartments and roughly a tenth in campsites, he said.
Most people redeem just a portion of the voucher at one time, which means that many of the 130,000 who redeemed theirs still have credit.
Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek said the figures showed the scheme was a success and people see the stimulus money as sensible.
Počivalšek being the author of the scheme, some have taken to calling the vouchers "Počivoucher", which the minister says showed "people have a positive attitude to this measure".
Vouchers worth a total of EUR 345 million, EUR 200 per adult and EUR 50 per underage resident, were introduced as part of measures to help the tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
The vouchers are seen as a much needed boost for local tourism, although they will not be able to fully offset the shortfall of revenue generated by foreign guests.