Jobs still at risk

Tourism fund ‘not enough to halt hotel closures’

Huxley hotel and Caledonian

Hotels have faced a tough time (pic: Terry Murden)

New support offered for struggling tourism businesses will not prevent hotels closing and jobs being lost, say industry leaders.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes today announced a £14 million Hotel Recovery Programme to help to secure up to 3,000 jobs at Scotland’s larger hotels until the start of the summer 2021 tourism season.

Eligible businesses can apply for individual grants of up to £250,000 in addition to a suite of wrap-around business support and advice.

The programme will be jointly administered by the Scottish Government’s enterprise agencies and builds on the existing funding and support for tourism businesses through the Creative, Tourism and Hospitality Hardship Fund and the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund.

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