The Government of the Canary Islands will raffle 50,000 bonds of 200 euros among the residents of the Islands in the framework of a campaign to stimulate inland tourism and with the aim of reactivating a sector severely hit by COVID-19. An initiative that has been initially budgeted at 16 million euros. This is the We Are Lucky campaign, which has already begun to spread and which will include the issuance of tourist vouchers to spend on accommodation that is part of this program and that appears in the sector’s activity register, as well as in travel agencies with physical headquarters. in the islands. But how does it work and who can access it? Well, these are registered bonds for residents of the Canary Islands and those over 18 years of age. There are 50,000 vouchers in raffle: 25,000 accommodation, only exchangeable in regulated hotel establishments, and another 25,000 from agencies, to be exchanged at the physical travel branch. These are the questions and answers.
When can they be purchased?
From the first week of July, all those residents of the Islands will be able to sign up for one of the two vouchers (accommodation or travel agencies) on the page www.somosafortunados.com. The beneficiaries of the raffle, which will be held before a notary among all those signed up on July 14, will have to pay 200 euros with a payment method yet to be determined. To that card, the Government of the Canary Islands will charge another 200 euros. Therefore, each resident will have 400 euros to spend. The beneficiaries will be known on the same website on July 15.
Where and until when can the voucher be redeemed?
Until December 31, 2021 and can be exchanged at any hotel establishment of the 8 Islands registered in the General Tourist Registry of the Canary Islands that have adhered to this initiative (the list can be consulted on the same website) and that have a POS with assigned merchant number, in order for the beneficiary to use their card in person.
How is the exchange made at the hotel?
Once the reservation is made, however, without advance payment, the beneficiary can pay for their stay with the card, as well as any hotel service (restaurant, spa, hairdresser …). If the stay has a cost greater than 400 euros, the total amount will be deducted these 400. This voucher only serves for hotel accommodation, which is not necessary to notify when the reservation is made. A formula that allows the hotel to ignore that the person who has made the reservation is a beneficiary of the voucher and thus avoid price increases. This accommodation card basically works as a gift card that can only be spent at the selected establishment.
How does the travel agency voucher work?
This voucher has a different function. It is acquired through the same process, a draw before a notary, and on the same dates, but the first difference is that the card will also have a charge of 200 euros, but the resident will not have to contribute any financial amount. The only condition is that it must be spent in physical travel agencies, located on any of the eight islands, and it will have to be used to contract a vacation package that entails a minimum stay of five days in summer season (between July and September) or a minimum stay of three between October and December. The chosen package must include flight, accommodation and, where appropriate, a rental car.
Why a raffle?
It is the fairest way for everyone to access these cards. Allow an extended period of two weeks to sign up.