The Sicilian government wants to lure foreign tourists back to its Mediterranean shores with travel discounts once lockdown has lifted and overseas travel is permitted.
Business Insider Italia reports that Sicily is preparing to discount the price of airfares and pay for one of every three nights spent in hotels in what’s said to be a €50 million scheme to revive its tourism industry.
“There will be 400,000 vouchers for discounts and giveaways to encourage holiday-makers who despite coronavirus fears, decide to go to the island.”
Before you travel brain kicks into gear and you start planning time off work, there’s still no official word on when Sicily will reopen its borders. Italy was the European country hit hardest by the coronavirus with over 25,000 deaths and more than 200,000 confirmed cases. So it could still be quite some time before foreigners are once again permitted across their borders.
Once lockdown is lifted, the travel vouchers are expected to become available via the island’s official website Visit Sicily.
If you want to see what the island has on offer for tourists, Visit Sicily has provided stacks of inspirational material online. You can find day-trip itineraries, pdf brochures, wine guides, virtual tours of cities and museums and streams of live performances all to help get you in the mood.
“When this is all over, we’ll crave for sun, for running along a sandy beach, eager to swim into a blue sea, to explore a volcano, to get lost into the alleys of an ancient village or among ancient stones narrating us evidence of the past, to fill our eyes and hearts with beauty… We’ll need Sicily!”