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Factsheet for measure PL-2020-30/1003 – Updated – measures in Poland
|Country||Poland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 20 July 2020 – 31 March 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)|
|Measure added||16 July 2020 (updated 20 July 2021)|
As a part of new wave of preventative measures the tourism voucher was introduced to boost the domestic tourist industry.
The voucher is a form of social subsidy available on request. Using the voucher, the holders will be able to make payments for hotel services or tourist events carried out by a tourist entrepreneur or a public benefit organisation throughout the country, provided they are included on a special list maintained by the Polish Tourism Organisation (POT).
Ustawa z dnia 15 lipca 2020 r. o Polskim Bonie Turystycznym.
The voucher is a form of social subsidy and amounts to PLN 500 (some €115) for each child up to 18 years of age. One additional benefit (extra voucher) in the same amount for children with a certified disability is available. Using the voucher, the holders will be able to make payments for hotel services or tourist events carried out by a tourist entrepreneur or public benefit organization throughout the country included on a special list maintained by the Polish Tourism Organisation (POT). The voucher exists only in electronic form and is valid until the end of March 2022. It can be used multiple times until it is exhausted. It is also exempted from income tax.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|20 May 2021||
As the Social Security Institution (ZUS) reports, some 1.5 million eligible citizens have activated the vouchers.
|22 March 2021||
The government is currently reviewing the possibility to extend the period of validity of a voucher received by an entitled tourist from the original one year to two years.
According to government's forecasts, some 6.5 million children will be covered and the volume of support is estimated at PLN 3.5 billion (about €800 million). Of the children to benefit, some 300 thousand will be children with certified disabilities (to receive double benefit), also between 150 to 200 thousand children of parents residing abroad are to be covered by the measure. On the business side, very rough estimates are disclosed so far: few dozens enterprises (overwhelming majority of which will be SSMEs) is expected to become eligible.
By the end of August (end of summer holidays in schools) 886 thousand vouchers for total amount of PLN 759 million (nearly €170 million) were activated.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of 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:
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Tourism voucher, measure PL-2020-30/1003 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2020-30_1003.html
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