More support needed for tourism businesses during COVID says Council: Support for tourism under COVID

30 Mar 2020

More support needed for tourism businesses during COVID says Council

Ryedale District Council has joined with Welcome to Yorkshire to call for a targeted support package for tourism businesses to help them to cope with the COVID crisis.

Welcome to Yorkshire, the tourism body for Yorkshire and Humberside has published an open letter to the region’s MPs. The letter recognises the measures Government has already taken to help businesses during the current health emergency, but asks MPs to lobby for additional support for businesses in tourism, hospitality and allied industries.

According to an independent research report commissioned by Ryedale District Council, the district’s tourism sector is worth more than £318m to Ryedale’s economy, and employs more than 7,550 people. This makes the tourism one of the most important sectors in the district’s economy, and key to its economic development.

As well as joining up with Welcome to Yorkshire to call for more help, Ryedale District Council has launched an online petition that local tourism businesses can sign to show their support for more targeted assistance.

Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for the tourism sector, and we know that the situation is really starting to bite. The Government has already announced various forms of support to help businesses to survive this incredibly challenging situation, but tourism is so crucial to our district that we need to ask for even more to be done.

“That’s why we are joining with Welcome to Yorkshire in calling for a specific support package for tourism. I hope that tourism businesses in Ryedale and beyond will join the petition and add their voice to ours in this important request. The petition is just one way that we can come together to ask for more help for our district’s tourism industry.”

To join the petition for more tourism sector support during COVID, go to:  www.change.org/covid-tourism-support