Bed and breakfasts, guest houses, hotels, hostels, camping parks and visitor attractions can all sign up to ScotGov and Visit Scotland’s ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme to help boost tourism by offering subsidised breaks around Scotland, with vouchers available to low-income families, unpaid carers and disadvantaged young people.
It aims to offer those who don’t often get holidays the chance to explore a new part of Scotland, as well as boosting tourism in the off-season, and the scheme forms part of a £25 million tourism recovery package announced by the first minister and is completely funded by the Scottish Government.
Businesses will be paid by the Scottish Government for any booking made directly through the holiday voucher initiative, while Charities such as Family Holiday Association and Shared Care Scotland will help to ensure those most in need of the subsidised trips get the vouchers.
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said, “We’re encouraging as many tourism businesses as possible to be part of the ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme.
“Not only will you generate income for your business but you will also provide long-lasting memories for people who don’t often get to experience a holiday.
“Tourism is a force for good – creating economic and social value in every corner of Scotland and enhancing the well-being of everyone who experiences it.
“Tourism makes Scotland richer, economically and socially, and without it Scotland would be a much poorer place.”