Brits can now look forward to claiming money-off vouchers for tourist attractions in England as part of a GBP10 million boost to the tourism sector. The National Lottery will be launching the scheme later on this year as part of the Tourism Recovery Plan, reports the Mirror. This means that lottery players will be able to gain entry to UK attractions between September 2020 and March 2022 throughout the scheme.
The tourism industry has been hit heavily for most of the last 12 months, but with society slowly beginning to open back up, the government's recovery plan will be the next step forward. A new rail pass will also be launched, offering flexible travel across the country and discounts to certain tourist places. The rail pass will work in the same way as the BritPass, which is aimed at international tourists visiting the UK on holiday.
Tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses have received more than GBP25billion in grants, loans and tax breaks to help keep businesses afloat, the government said. Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston MP said: "Our brilliant tourism sector is one of our country's greatest assets, making a huge contribution to our economy and delivering jobs across all communities. "This is why we've provided it with GBP25bn in support so far during the COVID-19 pandemic."
He added: "The Tourism Recovery Plan is our blueprint for how the sector can build back better from the pandemic, even faster than forecasts predict."
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The Tourism Recovery Report also doesn't say how much money off the vouchers will give, or if it will be a percentage amount. Details are expected to be revealed later this year before the scheme launches in the autumn. Visit Britain chairman Lord Patrick McLoughlin welcomed the plan, saying: "Tourism is a critical industry, a powerhouse of innovation, creativity and employment, injecting cash into the economy with a track record for growth and levelling-up, supporting local economies in every part of the UK and strengthening our place on the world stage.
"By working together to drive demand and build back visitor spend as quickly as possible we can emerge from the pandemic and also look towards a brighter future building an industry that is more resilient, sustainable, inclusive and innovative."