2020.11.25.

The demand for state subsidies for cancelled bookings has arisen

In its decree on certain economic measures during the period of emergency, the Government has decided on providing partial compensation for loss of income by accommodation service providers resulting from cancelled bookings. The form for claiming state subsidy became available online on the National Tourism Data Supply Centre’s (NTDSC) website on 26 November 2020, on which entitled accommodation service providers may claim compensation for part of their loss of income. The subsidy may only be claimed by an accommodation provider whose accommodation site has been registered in the NTDSC, and who had at least 1 booking in the NTDSC on 8 November for the period between 11 November and 10 December. The claims for compensation may only be submitted electronically, and 30 days are available for doing this. Many thousands of tourism enterprises will receive the state subsidy for cancelled bookings, to the tune of several billion Hungarian forints. The Hungarian Government has subsidised the tourism sector with approximately HUF 700 bn so far, i.e. around EUR 2 bn, which is an outstanding sum even by international standards.

The recently published government decree details the rules on the partial compensation for loss of income by accommodation service providers resulting from cancelled bookings. According to the decree, the subsidy may be claimed by those service providers who offer hotel services, holiday and other temporary accommodation services, camping services or other accommodation services as their main activity. Support may be claimed for the refund of 80% of the net income calculated on the basis of booking data sent in to the NTDSC by means of accommodation management software.

The subsidy claim may only be submitted electronically, through the NTDSC. Accommodation service providers are entitled to submit a claim for accommodation sites for which there was at least 1 booking sent in, with a positive value, in the NTDSC on 8 November 2020, for the period between 11 November – 10 December 2020. The electronic form is available from 26 November 2020 on the ntakhttps://info.ntak.hu/en/subvention.hu website, under the menu item EMERGENCY SUBSIDY.

Only a private person (natural person, private person with a tax number, sole proprietor) or (a representative of) a business organisation is entitled to submit a support claim, who logs into the NTDSC with a customer portal password. Support claims may be submitted until 25 December 2020.

If the support claim is accepted, the accommodation service provider will receive a subsidy document in electronic form within 15 days of the claim being submitted. The support will be  granted by 31 December 2020 at the latest. State aid provided for uncovered fixed costs, or which qualifies as interim subsidy, may only be used to finance certain types of operating costs, such as outgoings of a personal nature in particular (wages and contributions), as well as material expenditures. Accommodation service providers must provide documentation on use of the subsidy by 28 February 2021 at the latest, likewise by electronic means, on the NTDSC interface. Further information on claiming, usage and documentation of the subsidy: info.ntak.hu

 

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