Malta has launched a scheme paying tourists to visit: the higher the hotel class you book, the more you can earn.
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Aiming to revive its tourism industry and get ahead of rival destinations, Malta plans to offer foreign visitors a handout of up to €200 (about $238) each if they stay at least three days on the Mediterranean island this summer. Through this Scheme, the Malta Tourism Authority shall incentivise independent travellers visiting the Maltese Islands for a minimum of 3 nights to book their holiday stays in 5*, 4* and 3* hotels directly.
According to the official release, the Malta Tourism Authority will pay each visitor who books a three-night stay directly with select three- to five-star hotels on a scaled basis. Those who stay at a five-star property will get €100 (about $119) per person on every booking, while guests at four-star hotels will earn €75 (about $89) and visitors at three-star hotels will score €50 (about $60).
Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo added that those amounts will be matched by the hotels, doubling them at every level, so that visitors can earn up to €200 (about $238) for their three-night stay at a five-star hotel.
And those who go to Malta’s smaller island of Gozo will get an additional 10% incentive on top of that.
An official application must be filled out on the Visit Malta tourism website to participate in the incentive program.
Most COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are expected to be lifted in Malta by June 1, according to Reuters. It also has the highest vaccination rate of any country in Europe, with at least one vaccine given to 42 percent of the population.
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