Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Information
The global crisis created by the rapid spread of Covid-19 continues to create unprecedented challenges for businesses across Glasgow and beyond. Throughout this situation, we remain committed to supporting our members and the wider tourism industry and will regularly update this page with useful links and resources.
Funding and Grants
A number of support mechanisms have been put in place to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on businesses and SMEs.
VisitScotland has put together a very useful table of available funding sources for your business.
At the end of 2020, the Scottish Government announced that tourism and hospitality businesses across Scotland were to benefit from a £104.3 million Scottish Government package. This funding will help a number of tourism and events businesses in key sectors that have received little or no support so far.
Funds VisitScotland is delivering on behalf of the Scottish Government:
- Pivotal Event Businesses Fund – closed.
- The Sector Destination Operational & Market Readiness Fund – in progress, closed to applications
- Scotland Inbound Tour Operators - COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – in progress, closed to Expressions of Interest.
- Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund, which has two strands: marine tourism and outdoor tourism – closed.
- Scotland Coach Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – guidance available, applications live from 16 February.
- Visitor Attractions Support Fund – guidance available, applications live from 11 February.
- The Hostel – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – guidance available, applications live from 17 February.
- Event Industry Support Fund – late January for top-up payments/week commencing 15 February for new applicants: more information.
National Action Plan
The recovery of this crucial £11 billion industry requires a multi-agency approach, working with the tourism industry.
The Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group (STERG) is working hard to help tourism businesses to recover from this unprecedented situation, working collaboratively to make the best use of budgets and their own employee’s time. The group has been working on a single, joined-up, phased plan to combat the current issues but also look at how the industry could restart and recover as restrictions imposed to suppress the virus are eased. This has given the agencies an opportunity to refocus plans and redirect budget, as well as working alongside the tourism industry to work through daily issues. The plan is aligned to the priorities outlined in the national tourism strategy and remains a living document that is updated on an ongoing basis and will continue to evolve in line with scientific evidence and government advice. You can read the STERG National Action Plan on the VisitScotland website via this link.
The Scottish Tourism Recovery TaskForce
The Task Force was established by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing and Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn, and comprised members from the tourism sector, transport, and aviation, the Chambers of Commerce, Banking, the unions, and academia.
Over the course of three months the industry representatives of the Task Force have met collectively and in sectoral subgroups to consider a broad range of information and evidence from industry and the public sector to identify the key actions that will be needed to stimulate demand, support business recovery and employee retention and unlock investment.