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It seems that Spain is looking into attracting more Poles as tourists, via winter subsidies for pensioners.
“The Spanish government is targeting new markets, especially from countries where seniors rarely choose to visit Spain,” said Edyta Romanowska, an EST project employee.
She described it as a win-win situation on both sides.
“Spain is also really benefiting. Each euro spent on a senior visitor earns Spain 1.30 euros or more indirectly,” she added. “The goal is to give the hotel sector some business in the off-season and to create jobs.”
To attract the maximum number of tourists, seniors can be accompanied by a younger person, who also is also eligible for the 130-euro subsidy.
Anna Walicka, 63, was able to invite her daughter Barbara, who is 40.
“My daughter also received the help of the Spanish government,” the elegant pensioner told AFP at Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin international airport.
Poles are taking full advantage of the bargain, making up about 20 percent of the 100,000 seniors who have traveled to Spain during the first two seasons of the EST project in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Greek seniors took first spot with 15,254 visitors in 2009-10, but Poles outpaced them in the second edition of the program in 2010-11, with 12,964 visitors.
“Romanians and Bulgarians also responded enthusiastically this year,” Romanowska said, stating “the Eastern European market has huge potential and a bright future.”
Tourist Walicka had only one regret.
“It’s a pity that the Spanish government only contributes to one week of vacation, we would very much like to have stayed longer,” she said.
I can’t see this affecting the sale of house prices if the customer can’t afford to pay for the holiday full-whack. But if it results long term in an increasing number of Polish holidaymakers…