After feedback from the business community, Greenland is beefing up its tourism aid package, established to help the industry still reeling from worldwide COVID-19 travel restrictions.
The aid package, announced in June, encouraged hotels and tourism operators to offer COVID-19 discounts that the businesses could then reclaim from the government.
The COVID-19 rebates for hotels run up to 500 Danish kroner (approximately $100 CDN). And discounts for one tour experience per day run up to 300 Danish kroner (approximately $62 CDN).
But on Friday, the Greenlandic government said tour operators may now apply for more than one trip per day. The government has also expanded the package so that those temporarily residing in Greenland for work can also apply for COVID-19 discounts.
The new rules came into effect on July 17.
The new initiative will be in effect until September 30.
Tackling travel downturn
Greenland is one of many Arctic territories offering incentives to encourage local tourism, in order to make up for the downturn in international tourism due to COVID-19.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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