A € 50 million tourism business continuity program to help sustain tourism businesses in 2022
- New â¬ 50 million tourism business continuity program to help strategic tourism businesses recover in 2022
- Strategic tourist transport, inbound agents based in Ireland, attraction and activity providers and tourist accommodation providers to be supported under the program
“2022 will be another difficult year and FÃ¡ilte Ireland will continue to support the sector to tackle these challenges head-on so that tourism can recover and resume growth. The allocation of 50 million euros in the 2022 budget obtained by the Minister Martin to fund further phases of the Tourism Business Continuity Program will help support strategic tourism businesses next year. â- Paul Kelly CEO, FÃ¡ilte Ireland
FÃ¡ilte Ireland today released details of its â¬ 50 million tourism business continuity program for 2022 at a virtual industry event attended by more than 2,500 tourism and hotel providers.
The allocation of 50 million euros was secured by the minister for tourism, culture, arts, sport, Gaeltacht and media, Catherine Martin TD in Budget 2022 and FÃ¡ilte Ireland is responsible for the development and administration of the funding program.
The program will support strategic tourism transport companies, Irish inbound agents, attraction and activity providers and tourist accommodation providers and build on the â¬ 55 million tourism business continuity program in 5 phases administered by FÃ¡ilte Ireland in 2021.
Minister Catherine Martin TD said: âI welcome the next phase of FÃ¡ilte Ireland’s work to provide vital support to the tourism industry in 2022. The allocation of â¬ 50 million foreseen in the 2022 budget for this tourism business continuity program will help address the immediate survival problems of many tourism businesses. The government recognizes the vital contribution that the tourism and hospitality sectors make to our national economy and to employment across the country. We are clear in our determination to continue to support the industry with appropriate funding and business support as we navigate the COVID -19 pandemic together. “
In his speech to the industry at the FÃ¡ilte Ireland virtual event, CEO Paul Kelly said: “2021 has been a more difficult year than expected for tourism. As we look forward to 2022, we face persistent challenges into early 2022, both domestically and internationally, but we can view the recovery with cautious optimism. We see encouraging markers Phone such as increasing seating capacity and increasing repeat bookings from spring on as positive signals for the second half of 2022. However, it is critical that we meet the immediate survival needs of our industry at the start of 2022 to ensure that as many businesses as possible can be supported. “
Paul Kelly added: âBusiness performance in the tourism sector this year has been mixed, with businesses that rely heavily on inbound tourism having the most difficulty. These businesses need support to help them survive in the short term, especially while waiting for the international We have designed the 2022 Tourism Business Continuity Program to help support strategic tourism businesses next year by providing support to those that experienced the greatest difficulties in 2021, so that they can remain viable and open to domestic and international visitor service as the sector recovers. “
The first two phases of the 2022 tourism business continuity program will open for applications from strategic tourism transport providers and Irish inbound agents on 11e and 12e January 2022. The phasing of the program has been designed to ensure that support is provided to the companies that need it most, taking into account other government funding already received.
Two other phases of the program, for attraction and activity providers and tourist accommodation providers, will begin in early March 2022.
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