Greenland aims to encourage domestic tourism with latest aid package

A 2019 photo of Ilulissat, Greenland. The government is hoping the promotion of domestic travel this summer will help offset the financial impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
With the summer tourism season looking grim, Greenland’s government has announced further financial assistance to help travel companies weather the coming months.

The latest aid package will see the government seeking to encourage domestic tourism by offering rebates on hotels and tours for tourists that decide to travel within Greenland.

“Several tourism companies are reporting that they are worried about the coming summer season,” said the Greenlandic government in a news release.

They can see that they have received significantly fewer pre-season bookings. At the same time, the COVID-19 situation continues to affect the rest of the world, and the number of tourists who can – and will – travel on holiday to Greenland over the summer is estimated to be significantly fewer than under normal circumstances.”

An Air Greenland plane in an undated photo. Will discounts help jumpstart local tourism? (Government of Greenland)
Help through summer season

The new aid pacakge encourages hotels and tourism operators to offer COVID-19 discounts that the businesses could then reclaim from the government.

COVID-19 rebates for hotels will run up to 500 Danish kroner (approximately $100 CDN).  Discounts for tours will run up to 300 Danish kroner (approximately $62 CDN). 

“The coronavirus crisis is lasting longer and wider than originally anticipated,” said a joint statement from several Greenlandic organizations, including the Association of Fisherman and Hunters (KNAPK) and the Greenland Employers Association (NUSUKA), welcoming the new industry-specific package.

“We hear from the business community that the tourist industry in particular expects to be affected in the coming time. That is why we are pleased that we have helped to organize the new schemes that can help the tourist industry through the summer season.”

The new initiative will be in effect until September 30.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn est une journaliste primée et responsable du site Regard sur l’Arctique/Eye on the Arctic, une coproduction circumpolaire de Radio Canada International. En plus de nouvelles quotidiennes, Eilís produit des documentaires et des séries multimédias qui lui ont permis de se rendre dans les régions arctiques des huit pays circumpolaires. Son enquête journalistique «Arctique – Au-delà de la tragédie » sur le meurtre de Robert Adams, un Inuk de 19 ans du Nord du Québec, a remporté la médaille d’argent dans la catégorie “Best Investigative Article or Series” aux Canadian Online Publishing Awards en 2019. Le reportage a aussi reçu une mention honorable pour son excellence dans la couverture de la violence et des traumatismes aux prix Dart 2019 à New York. Son reportage «Un train pour l’Arctique: Bâtir l'avenir au péril d'une culture?» sur l'impact que pourrait avoir un projet d'infrastructure de plusieurs milliards d'euros sur les communautés autochtones de l'Arctique européen a été finaliste dans la catégorie enquête (médias en ligne) aux prix de l'Association canadienne des journalistes pour l'année 2019. Son documentaire multimedia «Bridging the Divide» sur le système de santé dans l’Arctique canadien a été finaliste aux prix Webby 2012. En outre, son travail sur les changements climatiques dans l'Arctique canadien a été présenté à l'émission scientifique «Découverte» de la chaîne française de Radio-Canada, de même qu'au «Téléjournal», l'émission phare de nouvelles de Radio-Canada. Au cours de sa carrière Eilís a travaillé pour des médias au Canada et aux États-Unis, et comme animatrice pour la série «Best in China» de Discovery/BBC Worldwide. Twitter : @Arctic_EQ Courriel : eilis.quinn@radio-canada.ca

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