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How Sicily plans to lure tourists back

As Italy plans to allow some businesses to reopen as early as this week, Sicily hopes to entice visitors to its shores with some pretty hefty incentives.

For those willing to visit post-COVID-19 restrictions, Sicily will pay for half the price of airfares, one in every three hotel nights, and all tickets to museums and archaeological sites, the UK Times reported.



The regional government plans to fund the scheme from an almost AU$85 million war chest after losses of over AU$2 billion in March and April from tourism.


Vouchers will be available on the island’s tourism website as the end date of the lockdown approaches. 


However, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has warned against reopening European tourism destinations too quickly, German media reported.


"A European race to see who will allow tourism travel first will lead to unacceptable risks," Maas told the weekly Bild am Sonntag newspaper. 


"We have already experienced what an infection cluster in a popular holiday destination can do to the home countries of the tourists."


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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 26 April 2020

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