Holiday voucher scheme helps Falkirk families and businesses hit hard by pandemic

VisitScotland is encouraging Falkirk businesses to sign up to a new voucher scheme to help low income families, unpaid carers and disadvantaged young people who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic enjoy a subsidised two-night break in Scotland.

By James Trimble
Wednesday, 11th August 2021, 4:00 pm

Administered on behalf of The Scottish Government, the national tourism organisation’s ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme will deliver £1.4 million of support by December 2022, to not only help families by offering discounted prices, but allow tourism businesses to recover from the pandemic by stimulating the demand for off-peak domestic breaks and day visits.

The project is part of the £25 million tourism recovery programme announced by the First Minister in March, and the recovery proposals were developed by VisitScotland and approved by the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) in collaboration with members of the Tourism Task Force.

The scheme is fully funded by the Scottish Government, and participating businesses will be paid for any booking made directly through the scheme by a method of their choosing.

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It is open to bed and breakfast, guest houses, hotels, hostels, camping parks and visitor attractions across Scotland.

The project aims to stimulate off-season domestic breaks and day visits, to support the tourism and hospitality sector to recover, following the lifting of final restrictions across Scotland.

Working with several leading charities, Family Holiday Association and Shared Care Scotland, will ensure the vouchers are distributed to people in the greatest need of benefits to their mental health and well-being.

The allocation of vouchers will be done through an application process which will start once there are a sufficient number of businesses signed-up to participate. Details of the application process will be announced at a later date.

, Malcolm RougheadVisitScotland chief executive, 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.”

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