Ireland announces additional £11.5 million subsidy package for tourism

 Friday, September 2, 2022 


Gordon Lyons, the Irish Economy Minister has declared an additional £11.5 million subsidy package for supporting further retrieval of the tourism industry across Northern Ireland.

This subsidy package will help the tourism industry to deal not only with the knock-on impacts of the pandemic but also the new threats of mounting energy bills, increasing food and labor costs, which are adversely affecting the industry.

Minister Lyons said that he is happy to unveil this important funding package for backing the tourism industry during these current times of crisis.

He said that the tourism industry is one of the largest employers in the native economy employing nearly 1 in 10 of the working people. 70% of these jobs are outside Belfast. This support package is expected to propel the much needed supplementary business with the help of tourism and hospitality sources outside of the summer term and lessen job loss hazards in the segment.

Lyons added that the tourism industry hires people from all strata of society, with a huge range of employment prospects for young folks, many of whom do not have university learning, and those looking for going back to work.

Hence, it is important that everyone comes together to assist the industry to endure the cost of living predicament.

The support package will comprise an extension to the Covid Kick-Start Programme for helping tourism businesses cope with their cost base and lift their output and effectiveness.

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