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2020.06.10 16:30

Hotel's on us. Lithuania may cover accommodation to attract foreign tourists

Paulius Viluckas, BNS2020.06.10 16:30

Lithuania's Economy Ministry has proposed that the government cover accommodation costs of every third night that foreign tourists spend in the country.

The measure would be “unique in Europe”, said the acting economy minister, Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.

“The new measure we are creating, which would in fact be rather unique in Europe, aims at promoting inbound tourism,” Vaičiūnas told reporters on Wednesday.

The ministry estimates that around 10,000 tourists could make use of the compensation, he said.

The Lithuanian government has allocated 45 million euros to assisting the tourism sector, which was hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. About 15 million euros are to be spent on promoting inbound and local tourism.