The regional government of Sicily has offered to pay for flights and cover accommodation costs of tourists who decide to take a holiday on the Italian island.
Offer you can’t refuse
According to British quality newspaper The Times, the regional Sicilian Government has decided to allocate a 50 million euro budget to lure tourists to the Mediterranean island once corona virus (COVID-19) measures have been lifted.
The regional government reportedly plans to pay half of the flight costs of arriving tourists as well as one out of three hotel nights they stay on the island.
Vouchers which can be used for cultural activities and tourist attractions will also be handed out to tourists.
When the restrictions are lifted and overseas tourists are again welcomed on the island, the vouchers will be available from the official Sicilian tourism website.
As a total of 13 percent of Italy’s GDP depends on the tourist industry, the regional government hopes that the offer will help convincing tourists to take a holiday in the country which is one of the hardest hit by the corona virus in the entire world.
Although in Italy the corona virus has mostly caused havoc in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, Sicily is likely to be disproportionately hit by a post-COVID19 economic slump being among Italy’s poorer regions where the travel industry makes up a big part of economic activities.
The sights of Sicily
Whether or not the proposed scheme to pay tourists to come to the Italian island will come to fruition, we can highly recommend a holiday to this sunny island.
As the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily almost feel like a continent on its own and it has definitely enough cultural and natural sights to keep you occupied for months.
Among the highlights of Sicily are lively cities such as Palermo and Catania which offer tons of local cultural and culinary highlights. Sicily also has the imposing sight of the Etna volcano, the sheer history of places like Syracuse and Taormina and tons of charming baroque towns like Scicli and Modica.
Of course, if you just want to enjoy the sun and sea, there are also countless of beach resorts on the island.
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