At the beginning of January 2022, the sum of payments with tourist vouchers exceeded PLN 2 billion, informed the Polish Tourist Organization. The voucher is valid until the end of September 2022.
The information provided by the Polish Tourist Organization shows that the number of active tourist vouchers is currently almost 3.3 million, of which almost 80 percent. has already been at least partially used. It was also indicated that only in 2021 about 2 million vouchers were activated. “The first week of 2022 brought entrepreneurs participating in the program an impact of over PLN 16 million” – reads the release.
According to Andrzej Gut-Mostowy, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, “The Polish Tourist Voucher, which is one of the main instruments developed to revive tourism, has achieved enormous success not only in the social but also economic dimension.” In his opinion, the 2 billion zlotys that Polish entrepreneurs received “allowed many of them to survive in the times of so-called tourism of uncertainty”.
Tourist voucher – until when
The Polish Tourist Voucher is a government form of support for Polish families and entrepreneurs from the tourism industry. Over 7 million children were covered by the benefit. The voucher is available on the Electronic Services Platform (PUE) of ZUS in the “General” tab. In the side menu, go to the “Polish Tourist Voucher” tab, and then “My voucher”. The tourist voucher is available at PUE ZUS on the basis of data from the units paying the Family 500 plus benefit. The possibility of activating the voucher started on August 1, 2020.
The payment process itself takes place by providing the voucher number to the entity and by using codes confirming the purchase at the time of payment for the service. You can pay with the voucher many times, until the funds are exhausted.
Each child is entitled to one voucher in the amount of PLN 500. In the case of a child with a disability, the support is higher and amounts to PLN 1,000. Please note that the voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or other means of payment. The voucher is valid until the end of September 2022. Initially, the deadline for using the voucher was to expire at the end of March this year.
“The extension of the payment date with the Polish Tourist Voucher was a correct and fully justified decision. The earlier date indicated the end of March 2022. Considering the number of cases and restrictions in hotel facilities or industries directly related to tourism, the provision of the benefit could be difficult,” assessed Anna Salamończyk- Mochel, acting president of the Polish Tourist Organization.
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