The first two schemes in the €50m 2022 Tourism Business Continuity Programme opened for applications this week.
Fáilte Ireland said the Strategic Tourism Transport Business Continuity will support eligible tourism transport operators including coach tourism operators, tourism chauffeur, limousine services and escorted private tours.
“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”
The Strategic Ireland Based Inbound Agents Tourism Business Continuity Scheme will support Republic of Ireland-based inbound tour operators, destination management companies (DMCs) and professional conference organisers (PCOs) who package, sell and market Ireland’s tourism product overseas.
Supporting strategic tourism businesses
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport, Gaeltacht and Media, Catherine Martin, TD, with Paul Kelly CEO, Fáilte Ireland
The €50m allocation was secured by Minister Catherine Martin, TD, in Budget 2022 to fund further Schemes under the Tourism Business Continuity Programme to help sustain strategic tourism businesses.
Further Schemes under the Tourism Business Continuity Programme for attractions and activities providers and tourism accommodation providers will commence in early March 2022.
For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the Tourism Business Continuity Programme page.
The Tourism Business Continuity Programme was unveiled at a virtual event for industry last month (8 December) that was attended by more than 2,500 tourism and hospitality providers.
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 five-phase €55m Tourism Business Continuity Scheme administered by Fáilte Ireland in 2021.
“The Government recognises the vital contribution that the tourism and hospitality sectors make to our national economy and to employment around the country,” said Minister Martin.
“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.”