Fáilte Ireland has announced details of its new €55million Tourism Business Continuity Scheme at a special industry event.
The announcement was made at the event watched by thousands of operators, providers and employers from across the tourism sector in Ireland.
The allocation was secured in Budget 2021 by Minister Catherine Martin, with Fáilte Ireland having responsibility for developing and administering the scheme.
The scheme looks to support tourism businesses that were not eligible for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme payment or for previous Fáilte Ireland continuity grant schemes.
The National Tourism Development Authority also announced its domestic marketing plans, investment commitments in outdoor dining and urban animation and its strategic priorities for the year ahead.
The event,‘Survive to Thrive’, provided details of Fáilte Ireland’s plans that will help support resilience and survival in the short term and the recovery of the sector in the long-term. Minister Catherine Martin delivered the keynote address.
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In her speech, the Minister said: “I welcome Fáilte Ireland’s action plans for 2021 which I am confident will have a positive impact on the industry and will be key to helping it survive and thrive in the year ahead.
“I allocated €55million to Fáilte Ireland for the Tourism Business Continuity Scheme as part of Budget 2021 and this will be important to help those strategically important tourism businesses that are ineligible for other supports.
“The Government will continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and ensure that appropriate supports are in place. We are now developing tourism for survival through the pandemic and recovery in the medium and long term.”
Among the measures introduced at the event alongside the €55million Continuity Scheme include employee, business and sector supports in several areas, helping to build improved websites to prepare for the return of tourism, and enhancing urban areas across Ireland.