COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity (Tourism) top-up fund
In January 2022, funding of up to £9 million for tourism was announced by the Scottish Government to mitigate the impact of public health measures introduced to limit the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. The money was designed to recognise the economic impact of the steps people were asked to take and the loss of revenue specifically between 8 December 2021 and 21 January 2022
Businesses which were previously supported by VisitScotland under the Scotland Day Tour Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund and the Scotland Inbound Tour Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund were contacted directly by email and asked to confirm basic information before payments were made. This process has now closed and eligible businesses will receive a top-up payment of £6,800 under the Fund.
A further £7.5 million fund for tour operators was announced by the Finance Secretary in the Scottish Budget in February. The additional payments are in recognition that supporting this sector will help drive recovery in retail and tourism across Scotland.
There is not an application process but businesses which previously received funding and may still be eligible will be contacted directly by VisitScotland from Monday 7 March.