The Government will relaunch the Pre-trip program. The announcement will be made this week and the tool will be available for use starting in November. The benefits will be in effect throughout 2022 and the return limit per person will be $ 100,000. They estimate that the official plan will mobilize $ 30 billion and are already analyzing a similar scheme to attract tourists from the region when the borders are reopened.
The recovery from the crisis that unleashed the coronavirus is still heterogeneous. Among the sectors that did not regain their pre-pandemic levels is tourism, one of the most affected by restrictions on movement. But this situation could change radically if the number of daily infections continues to decline and the vaccination process continues to accelerate.
In the National Government they point to a summer season that will restart the activity. With that objective, they will announce this week the relaunch of the Previaje program, which grants a 50% refund to consumers on purchases of tourist services. They will include tickets, accommodation and excursions, among other items.
The President anticipated the return of the Pre-trip and also confirmed the return of group trips for older adults. The intention is that these types of packages add a boost to tourism prior to the arrival of the summer season, when the bulk of the population is mobilized.
It remains to confirm when the massive entry of tourists from abroad will be allowed. According to what this media was able to find out, the date indicated by the authorities is the last quarter of the year. With this scenario, they already begin to diagram a stimulus scheme very similar to the one already mentioned, but for visitors arriving from other countries in the region.
Expectations for the coming season are positive. Businessmen and the Government agree that there is consumption linked to tourism that was repressed during the most complex moments of isolation and that it will have a significant rebound in the coming months
To alleviate the crisis that the sector is going through, the Government allocated more than $ 80,000 million since the beginning of the pandemic between payment of employer contributions, coverage of 50% of the salary of workers, zero-rate credits for monotax and self-employed workers, among others.
Currently, the Ministry of Tourism complements the support received by Repro with an amount of $ 22,000 per employee for SMEs that register in the Tourist Assistance and Training Fund.