COVID 19 Business Support and Continuity Tourism Fund

Support provided by Visit Scotland

What does this involve?

VisitScotland will distribute funding worth up to £28.8 million to the tourism and events industry as part of a multimillion-pound Scottish Government support package for businesses impacted by the spread of the Omicron COVID variant.

The funding includes up to £9 million for tourism businesses, which will be distributed by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Eligible businesses will receive a top-up payment of £6,800 under the fund.

The fund recognises the economic impact of the steps people have been asked to take from early December 2021 and the restrictions that have affected some sectors since then.

VisitScotland is committed to ensuring it is as simple as possible for businesses to access the money, and is working on a process to ensure the funding goes to the businesses most in need. To help funding reach businesses in the quickest way possible, a one-off payment may be made to businesses previously supported in 2021.

Am I eligible?

Following discussions with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG), it has been decided that the following sectors, previously supported by other funds, will be eligible for top-up grants:

  • coach operators
  • day tour operators
  • hostels
  • inbound tour operators
  • outdoor/marine
  • visitor attractions

To qualify for a grant, a business must still be trading and have been open and incurred a loss between 8 December 2021 and 21 January 2022.

All businesses previously supported through the funds for coach operators, day tour operators, hostels and inbound tour operators have already been contacted to claim the COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity (Tourism) Top-up Fund. This process is now closed.

The VisitScotland team is now in the process of contacting previous recipients of the marine and outdoor, visitor attraction and further inbound tour operator funds.

Who is this for?

Tourism businesses in Scotland that have been affected by the Omicron COVID restrictions in place since December 2021.

How long does this take?

All businesses previously supported through the funds for coach operators, day tour operators, hostels and inbound tour operators have already been contacted to claim the COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity (Tourism) Top-up Fund. This process is now closed.

The VisitScotland team is now focused on contacting previous recipients of the marine and outdoor, visitor attraction and further inbound tour operator funds.

Important information

All businesses previously supported through the funds for coach operators, day tour operators, hostels and inbound tour operators have already been contacted to claim the COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity (Tourism) Top-up Fund. This process is now closed.

The VisitScotland team is now in the process of contacting previous recipients of the marine and outdoor, visitor attraction and further inbound tour operator funds.

Next steps

View further information on the VisitScotland website.

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