This is interesting. New Brunswick is offering its residents an enticement to travel close to home this summer and early autumn. It’s called the Explore NB Travel Incentive program and provides a rebate of 20% on eligible expenses. I wonder if Nova Scotia might do something similar.
The incentive program requires permanent NB residents to stay at an eligible accommodation after which they must submit original receipts for eligible expenses associated with the trip. The website mentions a forthcoming application and FAQ but in the meantime here are the terms of the program:
Terms and Conditions
- A paid overnight stay at an eligible accommodation as listed below is required.
- All receipts must be issued by a registered New Brunswick business for a product or service provided in the province.
- All expenditures claimed must have been incurred no earlier than the day of check-in at the accommodations and no later than the day of check-out.
- Applicants may submit claims from expenses associated with multiple paid trips in which they paid for their accommodations.
- Only expenses per the eligible/ineligible expenditure table will be considered. One claim per applicant.
- The business name and location, date of purchase, description of purchase, and the amount paid must be clearly identified on the receipt. As well, the receipt must show that it has been paid.
- Only individual receipts of $10 (taxes included) or more will be considered.
- All receipts must be originals.
- The eligible time period for incurring expenses is July 15th to September 30th, 2020.
- The province reserves the right to audit any application.
There is a list of eligible expenses along with the following bit of info:
Applications must be received by October 30th, 2020 and will be reviewed on a first come first served basis until the $3 million fund is depleted.
It’s great to see a province encouraging its residents to support the local tourist industry. A good way to motivate people to spend money locally is to give them a way to save money as well. In this case, in the form of a 20% rebate after the fact. I wonder how long it will take for the $3 million fund to be depleted.