Fáilte Ireland is administering a €10m fund to support Ireland-based inbound agents who package, sell and market Ireland’s tourism product overseas.

The Ireland Based Inbound Agents Business Continuity Scheme is open to Republic of Ireland based inbound tour operators, destination management companies (DMCs) and professional conference organisers (PCOs).

“Inbound agents are of critical importance to the tourism industry,” said Paul Kelly, the CEO of Fáilte Ireland.

“Covid-19 has had catastrophic implications for the tourism and hospitality sector”

“They are at the very top of the tourism supply chain as they sell Ireland’s tourism product abroad and bring overseas visitors into the country, helping to fill our hotels and attractions.

“Fáilte Ireland developed the Ireland Based Inbound Agents Business Continuity Scheme to help these businesses withstand the impact of Covid-19 and enable them to continue operating through 2021 so we can ensure a pipeline of overseas business into the future.”

Selling Ireland

The Scheme is now open for applications until 8 December 2020.

The launch of the fund was welcomed by the Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media Catherine Martin, TD.

“Covid-19 has had catastrophic implications for the tourism and hospitality sector. With no overseas tourists coming into the country, inbound agents have been seriously impacted.

“This scheme will provide these businesses with a direct financial contribution to help support them with future operational and business continuity plans,” Martin said.

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 26 November, 2020

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