Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (257)

Holly Cairns

Question:

257. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the reason the minimum turnover of €50,000 was included in the criteria for the tourism business continuity scheme; the funding that will be made available for businesses that fall outside this criteria; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7457/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

The business continuity scheme for strategic businesses tourism sector is administered by Fáilte Ireland. It is focused on addressing the fixed costs of those businesses that are ineligible for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS).

It is one of a range of supports that have been introduced for the tourism sector since last July both at a sectorial level, for example the Fáilte Ireland Adaptation Grant, the Inbound Tour Operators Scheme and the Coach Tour Operators Scheme, and as part of wider horizontal supports, in particular the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS), the CRSS and the ReStart Grant Scheme.

I have referred the Deputy's question to Fáilte Ireland for further details on the business continuity scheme including the rationale for the eligibility criteria. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.