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Factsheet for measure CZ-2020-46/1643 – Updated – measures in Czechia
|Country||Czechia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 11 November 2020 – 07 May 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Soňa Veverková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||03 January 2021 (updated 12 August 2021)|
COVID Tourism programme is focused on businesses and companies in tourism: travel bureaus (call No. 1/2020/COV-Cestovní kanceláře), travel agencies (call No. 2/2020/COV-Cestovní agentury) and tour guides (call No. 3/2020/COV-Průvodci v cestovním ruchu).
The programme is managed by the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic . The calls have been opened since 11 November 2020 till 11 January 2021.
The subsidy for travel bureaus is provided up to 2.5% of the planned revenues from the sales of tours and related travel services for 2020. The subsidy should be used for the services operation and/or for refunds of tours canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic in the decisive period from 20 February 2020 and 10 October 2020. The total allocation for this call is CZK 345 million (€12,777,777 approx.).
The subsidy for travel agencies has two types (its combination is not allowed):
The total allocation of funds for this is CZK 55 million (€2,037,037 approx.).
The third measure is focused on tourist guides - individuals. The guide can apply for a subsidy of:
The total allocation of funds this is CZK 25 million (€925,926 approx.).
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|01 April 2021||
New call No. 4/2021/COV of the programme has been opened. This call is focused on large travel bureaus, e.g. those, which sales supposed in 2020 should have reached more than CZK 500 million (€19,168,104 approx.). The relevant period is from 20 February until 4 January 2021, call is opened for applications from 8 April 2021 until 7 May 2021.
|08 January 2021||
The Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic announced that the deadline for applications is prolonged till 29 January 2021.
In January 2021, according to the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic , the total amount of CZK 102,207,415 (€3,918,244 approx.) was paid to travel bureaus. Travel agencies were supported by the total amount of CZK 6,073,500 (€232,835 approx.) and tourist guides by CZK 50,000 (€1,852 approx.).
As of 31 May 2021, according to the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic , the total amount of CZK 294,682,741 (€11,333,952 approx.) was paid to travel bureaus with 505 applications out of 567 supported. Travel agencies (585 out of 681 applications) were supported by the total amount of CZK 61,822,265 (€2,377,780 approx.) and tourist guides by CZK 18,580,000 (€714,615 approx.) (404 out of 619 applications).
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were informed.
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|N - Administrative And Support Service Activities||N79 Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), COVID Tourism support, measure CZ-2020-46/1643 (measures in Czechia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CZ-2020-46_1643.html
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