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ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme for unpaid carers and low income families

With over 1.1 million identified unpaid carers in Scotland and one in four children in Scotland living in poverty, many are unable to afford to visit a local attraction or take an overnight break away from home.

VisitScotland is encouraging bed and breakfast, guest house, camping park, hotel, hostel and attraction venues to participate in a new Holiday Voucher Scheme, supporting some of the most vulnerable within our communities who have also been adversely affect by the pandemic.

The scheme supports relevant businesses to engage with us and our charity partners, directly injecting £1.4 million into tourism businesses as part of the Tourism Recovery Programme. The scheme is funded by the Scottish Government, and participating businesses will be reimbursed for an overnight stay or a day visit as follows:

  • Funding for overnight breaks is capped at £400 for a two or three night stay, but a higher capped amount of £500 is available to eligible families or carers who have children of school age who plan to take a two or three night stay during school holiday periods (i.e. Easter, summer from June to August, October and Christmas and New Year).
  • Funding for day visits is capped at £200 for day tickets or passes both during the peak and off-peak season.

As a scheme participant you will not only benefit through financial reimbursement, your participation and contribution to the scheme helps to create a more inclusive and responsible tourism industry. The scheme is open to bed and breakfasts, guest houses, hotels, hostels, camping parks and visitor attractions across Scotland.

Find out more here: https://www.visitscotland.org/about-us/what-we-do/working-in-partnership/scotspirit-voucher-scheme

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