International travel pretty much stopped when the coronavirus pandemic hit, and tourism took a huge hit.
Now, as cities and businesses are reopening, a number of tourist destinations are hoping you’ll come for a visit — and are rolling out the red carpet with some serious incentives.
Quarantine giving you the itch to travel? You’ll want to see what these places are offering.
Five Vegas casinos are giving mask-wearing gamblers $20.
Employees at Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, The Flamingo, The Linq and Harrah’s casinos have been walking around giving folks wearing face masks $20 to gamble with.
The catch? The money isn’t guaranteed; casino staff have to find you, and you have to be a registered member of the free Casears Rewards program.
Buy 2 days, get 2 days in Cancun.
Starting June 15, the hotel associations of the most popular Caribbean destinations in Mexico — including Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres, and Cozumel — are joining forces for a tourism reboot initiative.
An Insider report said that more than 200 businesses so far have signed up to offer big incentives to get tourists back to their cities. They’re essentially a bunch of “Buy 2, Get 2” promos that include:
- Buy 2 nights at a hotel, get 2 free, or free stays for up to 2 children when 2 adults book
- Pay for 2 days of car rentals, get 2 free
Also, a large number of theme parks, golf courses, and spas are offering 20% off.
These discounts are good for bookings made now through Aug. 15.
Sicily will pay for half of your airline tickets.
The regional government of the Italian island of Sicily has offered to spend $50 million to make it easier for tourists to visit in late summer/fall. Once Italy reopens their borders, travelers will be able to get travel vouchers from the Visit Sicily website, which will:
- Cover half of travelers’ airline tickets
- Pay for 1 out of every 3 nights at a hotel
- Provide free tickets to many museums and historical sites
Cyprus will pay for your vacation if you get coronavirus while there.
If you’re worried about contracting COVID-19 while travelling internationally, Cyprus wants to make you feel a little better about it.
The Mediterranean island country, which has only had 944 confirmed coronavirus cases and 17 deaths, seems to be a low-risk destination. Just the same, if you fall ill while visiting, they’re offering to pay for:
It appears travelers are still on the hook for the flight home, although it seems Cyprus may be covering the cost of the flight into their country.
Get free coronavirus tests from Portugal and Iceland.
In order to encourage tourism while avoiding the spread of COVID-19, Iceland and the Portuguese islands of Madeira, are offering to pay for your coronavirus testing.
In Madeira, visitors will either have to prove they received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure, or they can receive a free test upon arrival.
In Iceland, once the country’s borders reopen June 15, travelers will be given free COVID-19 tests at the airport. Even if you test positive, you’ll be able to stay, but will be subject to a 14-day quarantine period.
Look out for Taiwan to give subsidies this fall.
Taiwan is looking to reopen to tourists around Oct. 1, and the tourism board is looking to incentivize travelers with subsidies. The plans haven’t been finalized (or approved by the government there), but reports say they’re looking at giving individuals the equivalent of $33 a day, or $200 a day for groups.