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Supporting the tourism sector

Published: 12 Jan 2022 09:45

£9 million to mitigate impacts of Omicron.

Details of a financial package worth up to £9 million for Scotland’s vital tourism sector have been confirmed by Tourism Minister Ivan McKee. 

The funding package is to be administered by VisitScotland and will be split between affected businesses in the following areas:

  • coach operators
  • day tour operators
  • hostels
  • inbound tour operators
  • outdoor/marine
  • visitor attractions

Tourism Minister Ivan McKee said:

“We recognise that the public health measures necessary to limit the spread of Omicron have had a severe economic impact, especially for affected businesses in the hard hit tourism sector.

“We have now allocated up to £9 million to help ease the impacts of the pandemic on Scotland’s world-class tourism sector and ensure that affected businesses can survive what is clearly an especially tough winter period and be ready to trade fully in the spring and summer months.

“We know this won’t cover all losses and will continue to press the UK Government for more comprehensive support.”

Chief Executive of VisitScotland Malcolm Roughead said:

“Scotland’s valuable tourism industry is still facing significant challenges posed by the pandemic.    

“This funding will provide crucial support to businesses affected by the necessary steps taken to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant.    

“We recognise that many businesses are struggling, and we are working to ensure that those eligible can access this funding as simply and as quickly as possible. Further details on this will be shared next week.”

Background

The £9 million funding package includes £6 million from the £375 million in business support that was previously announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and £3 million that has been repurposed from Phase 1 of the Tourism Recovery Programme.

Since the start of the pandemic VisitScotland has delivered more than £46.7 million in business support directly to affected parts of the tourism sector, on behalf of the Scottish Government. This is in addition to the £25 million tourism recovery programme which is being delivered by members of the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG), including VisitScotland.