On 26th March, we hosted our first Tourism Coronavirus Webinar in
partnership with Mills Selig, a leading corporate and commercial law firm,
focusing on employment law -furloughed workers and zero hours workers - funding
options and financial support available.
This was a follow on from our Coronavirus Tourism Summit, on 10th March, as tourism has
been at the front line of coronavirus’ business and economic impact.
The Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance has been calling for the government (locally and nationally) to implement immediate measures to support you, who have been dealing with the economic impact since the start of the outbreak.
We have successfully lobbied for key government measures providing support to businesses in light of COVID-19:-
As of today, 50% of the £10K grants have been distributed and the online portal for the £25K grants will open on Monday 20th April.
We continue to lobby for support for tourism businesses who are not eligible for the current grants and the Minister has announced a further £40m for those not currently supported. There is no detail on criteria and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
On the webinar we were joined by Kiera Lee, Director, Mills Selig, with 20 years’ experience in Employment Law, Naomi Gaston, Senior Associate, Mills Selig, a specialist in Banking and Finance Law, Rosemarie McHugh, Director of Produce Development, Tourism NI and Dr. Joanne Stuart, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance.
Thank you for submitting your questions to us. Questions from the Q&A session can be downloaded below (these were updated on 16th April following government guidance on 15th April 2020 - these changes can be seen in red - previous changes following government guidance on 4th April - changes can be found in gold).
Rosemarie McHugh from Tourism NI alongside Dr Joanne Stuart from the Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance highlighted that although we currently do not have all
the answers at present, it is important to submit these to these bodies so they
can see the issues in the industry, signpost to experts who can help or lobby
to get answers and put much needed measures in place.
Please remember a key resource for the Tourism Industry is the