According to an official press release from Malta’s Ministry of Tourism, the European island will pay tourists who book at least a three-night stay with select hotels this summer a fixed amount. The stimulus is an effort to jumpstart tourism for 2021.
With three tiers of subsidies, five-star hotel guests will receive 100 euros (about $119), four-star 75 euros (about $89), and three-star hotel guests 50 euros (about $60) per person, per booking. Furthermore, these amounts will be matched by the participating hotels so travelers can earn up to a maximum of 200 euros (about $238), according to a report by Reuters. To qualify for the cashback, travelers need to book directly with the hotel as opposed to third parties, and those who opt to stay on Malta’s island, Gozo, will receive an additional incentive of 10 percent.
The travel subsidy program will officially begin in June as Malta prepares to lift most of its COVID restrictions at the beginning of that month. The duration is set to last until the total budget of 3.5 million euros ($4.16 million) is exhausted.
Malta currently has the highest vaccination rate in all of Europe with 42 percent of adults having already been inoculated. Furthermore, COVID-19 positivity rates have decreased sharply, which is good news for tourism, which comprises a large part of the Mediterranean nation’s economy.
Malta attracts travelers from all over the world with its historic capital city, as well as vast countryside full of charming coastal villages and pristine swimming spots. Visit the tourism board’s website to find out more about this offer and the application process.