Everyone in Ireland could get a €100 tourism voucher this winter

The proposal follows on from the £100 high street voucher scheme that is currently being rolled out across the north of Ireland.

Everyone in Ireland could be getting a €100 tourism voucher to spend this winter.

Tourism Minister Catherine Martin hinted at the rollout of vouchers across the country during an interview with the Irish Mirror.

The government is looking at ways of supporting Ireland’s tourism and hospitality industry to get back on its feet after a devastating 18 months. Thus, the introduction of a voucher scheme has been proposed in budget negotiations.

A helping hand for Christmas – a boost for Ireland’s economy

Ireland set to roll out €100 tourism voucher scheme.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

Minister Martin is currently undertaking budget negotiations with Ireland’s Ministers for Finance and Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror yesterday, the Tourism Minister hinted that everyone in Ireland could get a €100 tourism voucher to spend this winter.

She said, “There’s a lot to be considered for tourism supports; I know that is one of the issues they are looking at.

“So, it’s part of the budget negotiations. So I’d prefer to keep that to the crucible of the budget negotiations. I’m very aware from engaging with the tourism and recovery oversight group of what their asks are.”

The failure of the Stay and Spend scheme – what went wrong?

The Stay and Spend Scheme last year proved unsuccessful.
Credit: Fáilte Ireland

In an attempt to boost Ireland’s tourism industry during the height of the pandemic last year, the government introduced a Stay and Spend tax rebate scheme.

The Stay and Spend scheme allowed for up to €125 of a tax rebate the following year, once taxpayers submitted tourism expense receipts of up to €625.

However, the scheme was underused, with taxpayers claiming only €2million of the €270million set aside.

Explaining the failure of the scheme, Minister Martin said, “The Stay and Spend was underused because of the stop-start nature of Covid.

“It was a great idea that Minister Donohoe brought in. But it just didn’t get the traction because of the stop-start nature and because of the restrictions.”

€100 tourism vouchers for everyone in Ireland – a better plan?

Everyone in Ireland could get a €100 tourism voucher.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

Ireland boasts an impressive 90% uptake in vaccinations across the country. Thus, it is hoped that there will be no more lockdowns coming this winter.

Thus, the introduction of €100 tourism vouchers for everyone in Ireland should provide a well-needed boost to the country’s tourism and hospitality industries.

Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath will unveil Budget 2022 on 12 October. It is expected that there will be several measures to help the country recover from almost two years of restrictions.

A similar scheme is currently being rolled out across the Northern Ireland. Here, the first £100 High Street vouchers are due for release on 4 October.

Related Posts

Send this to a friend