The Government of Yukon is extending some COVID-19 assistance programs for tourism businesses until March 2022, including a popular discount program allowing residents to explore the territory.
Yukon Tourism Minister Ranj Pillai said that while other sectors of the Yukon economy are rebounding, the tourism industry is recovering more slowly.
“Although border restrictions have been lifted, travel is still far from normal and it is clear that this year’s winter tourist season will be very difficult for tourism operators,” Pillai said.
“We will continue to invest in the relief and recovery of the tourism industry to ensure that our tourism assets, accommodations, experiences and communities remain viable and sustainable for the recovery.”
The assistance programs – the Tourist Accommodation Supplement (TASS), the Non-Tourist Accommodation Sector Supplement (TNASS), and the Yukon Summer Travel Discount – were scheduled to end September 30. , but are now extended until March 31, 2022.
TASS provides accommodation businesses, such as hotels, with an additional $ 400 per room each month, breaking even. Pillai said there are currently 24 Yukon companies with TASS agreements.
Yukon businesses that depend on visitors for at least 60% of their income are eligible for the TNASS program. These businesses can receive up to $ 60,000 to cover eligible expenses until they break even. There are 69 Yukon businesses with TNASS agreements.
The third extended program is the popular Great Yukon Summer initiative, which aims to encourage Yukoners to vacation in the territory. The program offers a 25 percent discount on Yukon tourism packages.
“The response to the Great Yukon Summer campaign has been fantastic,” Pillai said. “We developed 165 new and innovative travel packages and Yukoners were able to explore their own backyard like never before, while supporting local businesses.
Pillai said Yukoners have spent over $ 1 million on local tourism businesses.
Two more COVID-19 relief programs will end on September 30 as previously planned. These are the Yukon Business Assistance Program and the COVID-19 Alcohol Licensee Discount.
In a press release on Friday, the territorial government said many businesses currently enrolled in the Yukon Business Assistance Program may still be eligible for support through TNASS and should contact [email protected] for more. information.