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COVID19: Tourism and hospitality support

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a major global issue affecting the Tourism and Hospitality sector on a international scale as well as on a local level.

Local Tourism and Hospitality businesses can access key sector specific advice and support as well as a full overview of government support packages and financial assistance here.

Our Tourism team has also established a new online tourism forum which enables those within the borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon to share ideas, useful information and find out more relevant information for their businesses.

Tourism Northern Ireland and Department for the Economy have issued guidance for safe working during Covid-19 for the visitor economy, hotels, accommodation, restaurants, pubs and restaurants.

Upcoming Tourism NI webinars: https://covid19.tourismni.com/support-centre/webinars/?dateFrom&dateTo&page=1

Experience Development Programme 2020-21

The programme is designed to improve the attractiveness and bookability of Northern Ireland’s visitor experiences. It will assist tourism providers to market and sell their experiences through improved web provision given the market pressures within the post Covid environment. It will provide guidance to experience providers to enhance their website and provide financial assistance for necessary improvements thereto, including search engine optimisation, provision of the right content, and the use of the right tactics to capture sales.

Quality Grading Assessments & Statutory Inspections are currently postponed but the new certification process has opened for new applicants (30 July)

Assessments and Inspections (and any associated payments) will be postponed until further notice so that tourism businesses can focus on putting in place measures to protect their businesses.


The Rural Development Grant Scheme is currently open and more information is available through this link: https://www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/business/rural-business-development-grant-scheme/

NI Tourism Alliance is continuing to lobby government for support for tourism businesses.

Hospitality Ulster provide guidance and advice for those working in the sector

For more information go to https://hospitalityulster.org/

The Business Support & Innovation Centre is offering the Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Sector a range of funded programmes.

Up to 60 hours of mentoring support available from industry experts through InnovateUs and Invest NI Innovation Voucher Programmes.

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