Poland considering vouchers to support ailing tourism sector

Weighing up the possibility of providing citizens with PLN 1,000 (EUR 218) vouchers, the government has been working with the Polish Tourism Organisation (POT) on ways to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Poland’s tourism industry.

Speaking to the Catholic radio broadcaster Radio Maryja on Wednesday, Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said the government had been working with POT since the onset of the crisis.

"We're already working with the Polish Tourism Organisation on a 1,000 Plus programme," the minister said, adding that the support could come through vouchers worth PLN 1,000 [EUR 218] each. However, she did not provide any further details.

Ms Emilewicz said that to some extent the sector had been taken care of by the already passed anti-crisis shield, which was an over-EUR 44 bn-worth package of laws designed to support Poland’s economy.

Under the relief package, customers whose trips or events have been cancelled can get their money back no sooner than 180 days from the termination of their contract. However, they can also choose to receive a voucher from the tour operator for an alternative trip or event, valid for one year.

Ms Emilewicz urged customers to choose the latter option.