08 Dec €50million Tourism Business Continuity Programme to help sustain tourism businesses in 2022
- New €50million Tourism Business Continuity Programme to assist tourism businesses recover in 2022
- Strategic Tourism Transport, Irish Based Inbound Agents, Attractions and Activities Providers, and Tourism Accommodation Providers to be supported under the Programme
Fine Gael TD and Spokesperson on Tourism and Sport Deputy Alan Dillon has welcomed the allocation of €50million in Budget 2022 to support Fáilte Ireland and the recovery and growth of the Tourism sector.
Deputy Dillon said “Tourism Business Continuity Programme has been designed to support strategically important tourism businesses who are significant contributors to the overall tourism economy, both regionally and nationally, based on turnover, that have suffered significant losses due to COVID-19. The first two phases of the 2022 Tourism Business Continuity Programme will open for applications from Strategic Tourism Transport Providers and Irish Based Inbound Agents on the 11th and 12th of January 2022. The phasing of the Programme has been designed to ensure the support is provided to the businesses that need it most urgently. Two further phases of the Programme, for Attractions and Activities Providers and Tourism Accommodation Providers, will commence in early March 2022.”
The Programme will support Strategic Tourism Transport businesses, Irish Based Inbound Agents, Attractions and Activities Providers, and Tourism Accommodation Providers and will build on the 5-phase €55million Tourism Business Continuity Scheme administered by Fáilte Ireland in 2021.
Welcoming the allocation Minister Catherine Martin T.D. said; “I welcome the next phase of Fáilte Ireland’s work in providing vital support for the tourism industry in 2022. The €50million allocation secured in Budget 2022 for this Tourism Business Continuity Programme will help address immediate survival concerns for many tourism businesses. The Government recognises the vital contribution that the tourism and hospitality sectors make to our national economy and to employment around the country. We are clear in our determination to continue to support the industry with appropriate funding and business supports as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.”
Deputy Dillon concluded “ Tourism is of critical importance to the national economy and to regional development and employment. 2021 has been another difficult year for tourism and it is critical we address the immediate survival needs of the tourism sector in early 2022 to ensure as many businesses as possible can be sustained, the allocation of €50m into the sector is very welcome and I look forward to working closely with the department and Fáilte Ireland over the coming months.