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Thousands of people who struggle to find the time or resources to take a holiday can now apply for a subsidised short break.
VisitScotland’s ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme, funded by The Scottish Government, has been officially launched to applicants today (Wednesday 13 October), at one of the participating businesses.
Hampton By Hilton Edinburgh West is one of over 120 businesses so far signed up which includes leading hotel groups, B & Bs, hostels and some of Scotland’s popular visitor attractions.
It’s hoped around 2,500 carers and 500 families can benefit from the short breaks scheme.
Representatives from VisitScotland, Shared Care Scotland, local carer’s charity Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL) and the Family Holiday Association met to discuss the impact of the pandemic on their health and well-being of families and carers and how important taking a break is.Tourism Minister Ivan McKee said:Marina DiDuca, Inclusive Tourism Manager, VisitScotland said: “Don Williamson, CEO, Shared Care Scotland said:Sebastian Fischer, Chief Executive, VOCAL said:
The scheme is one of 10 proposals that are funded by the £25 million tourism recovery programme. The ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme aims for our tourism and events industry to recover in a way which is more responsible, socially sustainable and inclusive. The project aims to stimulate off-season domestic breaks and day visits, to support the tourism and hospitality sector to recover.
The person referring must be registered with Family Holiday Association as a referrer. If they are not already a referrer the can sign up via the following link https://www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk/scotspirit/
Carers can apply for a break through their local Carers Organisation. You can find out who is operating the Scheme in your area by following the weblink https://www.sharedcarescotland.org.uk/scotspirit-holiday-voucher-scheme/
ScotSpirit Holiday Voucher Scheme by STERG. £25M recovery program for Scottish tourism. Off-season breaks to support industry. Event on 13 Oct, 11am, Hampton By Hilton Edinburgh West.