The holiday vouchers issued during 2019-2020 have created over 45,000 jobs, it is mentioned in a communiqué sent on Friday by the National Association of Travel Agencies (ANAT).
“Holiday vouchers should have been seen by the Government as an investment and not as an expense from the budget, being probably one of the most profitable allocations of funds from the budget. For every leu invested in holiday vouchers, 0.51 bani is found in GDP, and for every 64,000 lei a job is created and maintained (source: ASE and APET study) Making a simple calculation, the holiday vouchers issued in the period 2019-2020 created over 45,000 jobs! Holiday vouchers largely ensure the survival and development of domestic tourism, as well as the preparation of tourism for incoming, accumulating about 30% of the sales of travel agencies specialized in domestic tourism.In addition, holiday vouchers mean taxed tourism, they can be used only in classified accommodation units or in licensed travel agencies “, according to the communiqué.
The tourism employers’ organization claims that the value of holiday vouchers left unconsumed in 2019 and 2020 is four times lower than the value announced by the head of government.
“Prime Minister Florin Cîţu has already found an excuse for cutting the vouchers, saying that he has extended the validity of the vouchers issued in 2019 and 2020 and that there are currently unconsumed vouchers of about 2.4 billion lei, which can be used by the end of 2021. At the same time, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy pass each other the responsibility of centralizing data, but even the data of the Ministry of Public Finance contradict it, according to which the value of unconsumed vouchers from 2019 and 2020 does not exceed 700 million. lei, almost 4 times less “, it is specified in the ANAT communiqué.
The employers’ organization emphasizes that, unlike Romania, other countries have taken measures to stimulate the consumption of domestic tourism.
“(…) The government has decided that it must also tighten its belt, thinking of starting with holiday vouchers, an expense considered unnecessary in times of pandemic, when other states take measures to cut taxes. and taxes and to stimulate the consumption of holidays internally, fixed by issuing vouchers to support this consumption in various forms, from vouchers given to citizens for meals at the restaurant, to holiday vouchers similar to those granted in Romania , to help the HORECA sector and travel agencies “, according to the ANAT communiqué.