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Factsheet for measure PL-2020-30/1003 Updated – measures in Poland

Tourism voucher

Bon turystyczny

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 20 July 2020 – 31 March 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound
Measure added 16 July 2020 (updated 20 July 2021)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.

Updates

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.

Use of measure

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.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Children (minors)

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

Unknown.

Views and reactions

Unknown.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 15 July 2020: Ustawa z dnia 15 lipca 2020 r. o o Polskim Bonie Turystycznym o Polskim Bonie Turystycznym z dnia 15 lipca 2020 r. o Polskim Bonie Turystycznym[1]) (orka.sejm.gov.pl)

Citation

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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