Holidays: This major city is giving visitors a free £80 gift card to boost tourism

Switzerland is included on the UK’s “air bridge” list and is exempt from Foreign Office advice against non-essential international travel. And now, the country’s capital of Geneva is offering keen holidaymakers an incentive to visit the stunning city. To help kickstart the city’s tourism scheme, Geneva Tourism has introduced the Geneva Gift Card.

Visitors to the city will be gifted 100CHF (approx. £84) to spend across a wide range of hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and activities.

From chocolate tours or tickets to major museums, the gift card is the perfect way to explore the city on a budget.

Visitors will receive the Geneva Gift Card when they check-in to their hotel if it is participating in the scheme.

However, the Geneva Gift Card is only available for visitors who have booked a minimum of two nights which is the perfect excuse for an extended weekend city break.

The vouchers can be used until December 31 2020 – which is plenty of time to book a well-earned break.

You can see the full list of participating hotels, restaurants and attractions, and the full terms and conditions on the Geneva Tourism website.

Some of the hotels participating include the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues and Hôtel Président Wilson.

The Hôtel Président Wilson has hosted guests such as Rihanna, Matt Damon and Céline Dion.

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If you really fancy splashing out, the hotel also has the largest and one of the most expensive hotel suites in Europe.

For thousands a night, the suite includes stunning views of the lake, one of the world’s largest TV screens, a grand piano and a wrap around terrace.

The cost of a standard room is around £500 a night but is well worth the cost.

The suite includes Stunning views of the lake, one of the world’s largest TV screens, a grand piano and a wrap around terrace.

For Britons looking to holiday in Switzerland, there’s good news.

The Foreign Office (FCO) website says: “From 4 July, Switzerland is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.

“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

“If you use Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport to return to the UK, you will transit France and therefore will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK.

“For more information, see UK border control in the airport.”

The country has recorded 38,760 cases of coronavirus and just under 2,000 deaths.

Geneva has reportedly had the highest infection rate followed by Ticino.

According to Skyscanner, a flight from London Heathrow to Geneva at the end of the month will cost roughly £165 return.

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