Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sports, Gaeltacht and Media Minister Catherine Martin has announced details of the next two phases of Fáilte Ireland’s strategic tourism business continuity program. The Minister made the announcement in Cork, where she held meetings with members of Cork’s tourism industry.
Phases four and five of the strategic tourism business continuity program will provide financial support to tourist attractions, outdoor tourism operators and tourism accommodation providers. Previous phases of the tourism business continuity program prioritized providing funding to a wide range of tourism businesses that were unable to qualify for the Covid Restriction Support Program (CRSS).
Phase Four will support eligible tourist attractions and outdoor activity operators, including tourist golf courses and boat tour operators. The maximum amount of the grant is € 800,000.
Phase five will apply to providers of tourist accommodation approved by Fáilte Ireland, such as hotels, guest houses, hostels, holiday camps, caravan and camping parks, lodges and bed and breakfasts. ‘hosts. The maximum amount of the grant is € 800,000.
Both programs will open for applications on August 5 and close on September 17.
Announcing the next two phases of the program in Cork City as she met with members of the Cork tourism industry, Martin said: “I got 55 million euros for the tourism business continuity program in the budget. 2021 to support strategically important tourism businesses through a direct financial contribution. . So far, three phases of tourism business continuity programs have been carried out by Fáilte Ireland, aimed at improving the competitiveness and viability of thousands of businesses in the tourism sector. The next two phases of this fundraising program will help essential tourism businesses continue to operate through the important fall and winter season. I am deeply aware of the effects that measures taken in the interest of public health have had on businesses, especially the hundreds of thousands of workers whose ability to earn a living has been severely reduced for so long. I will continue to work with my colleagues in government to ensure that the tourism sector has very possible support to enable it to emerge from the pandemic intact and to rebuild itself in a more resilient and sustainable way. “
Statement from the CEO of Fáilte Ireland
Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, also speaking in Cork, said: “Phases four and five are a continuation of past programs under the Tourism Business Continuity Program as we try to support as many tourism businesses as possible in every county in the country. COVID-19 restrictions, a shorter season and reliance on the domestic market have resulted in significant losses for tourism businesses in these sectors. Tourist attractions are one of the main drivers of tourism demand while the accommodation sector supports tens of thousands of jobs and has a wider and considerable economic impact in the destination area.
Where to find all the details and eligibility criteria
Full details and eligibility criteria for the Tourism Attraction and Activity Operator Business Continuity Program and Tourist Accommodation Provider Business Continuity Program will be available at www.failteireland.ie from August 5, 2021.
The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) praised the financial support for the registered tourist accommodation industry, including hotels and bed and breakfasts, which was announced by Martin.
IHF CEO Tim Fenn said the industry looks forward to receiving details of the financial support, which is being made available through the Tourism Business Continuity Scheme, when it becomes available in early August.
Fenn added: “The tourism and hospitality industry has been significantly affected by government restrictions related to the pandemic. The internal market was very important last year and will be again this year. However, it does not replace the number of international visitors. As an international island nation tourism is of critical importance, accounting for over 70% of tourism revenue before COVID.
“The government supports to date have been greatly appreciated and have been a lifeline for many companies in terms of maintaining jobs and their communities at large. International tourism will pick up, but it will take time. In the meantime, additional supports are essential to enable businesses especially those who depend on foreign visitors to plan for their recovery and especially when facing the traditional slack tourist season. “
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