A few Ontario cities and towns offer discounts and benefits to people to visit

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Toronto/CMEDIA: A few cities and towns of Ontario are now reportedly offering to pay tourists to encourage them to stay overnight this summer.

With the ease of COVID-19 restrictions, Ontario tourism is picking up speed, with some cities and towns offering benefits and rebates for people who visit.

The discounts are in addition to the 2022 provincial Staycation Tax Credit, allowing Ontario travelers to get a 20 percent personal income tax credit on eligible accommodation between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.

The discounts being offered are up to a maximum of $1,000 for an individual and $2,000 for a family, for a maximum credit of $200 or $400 respectively.

For example, Tourism Mississauga is offering a $100 prepaid gift card, and a $20 Square One gift card to anyone who books a two (or more) night stay in a participating hotel.

According to the city, the gift card is meant to be used in the area while you are staying in Mississauga.

The Launch of this program was in response to the hard-hit tourism sector during the pandemic, the city said.

Locals and visitors, who are booking a minimum two-night stay at one of six participating hotels and guest houses in Guelph, a $100 gift card is being promised by the city.

 London is offering a similar program where $100 VISA gift cards are handed out to people staying two nights or more at one of the participating hotels.

Ottawa Tourism says people who decide to stay at a participating hotel in the city for three consecutive nights will get their third-night hotel cost covered.

Tourism Burlington is offering $50 VISA gift card to one-night visitors and a $100 discount for people staying two nights in a row at a participating hotel.

$100 VISA gift cards, as well as other perks like prepaid gas cards to cover fuel expenses are being offered by Various hotels in Kingston.

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