Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Covid-19 Pandemic Supports
1093. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to provide supports for the live entertainment industry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7015/20]
At the outset, I should clarify that my Department’s role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of developing national tourism policy and our tourism agencies (Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland) deal with the implementation of this policy.
This is of course a concerning time for everyone involved in the tourism sector, including those who benefit from the live entertainment industry. Many tourism businesses and employees are availing of the various supports which this Government has already introduced to respond to the Covid crisis.
On tourism, Minister Griffin and I have established an appropriate taskforce of industry, agency and departmental expertise tasked with producing a Tourism Recovery Plan. This plan will include a set of recommendations on how best the Irish tourism sector can recover in the changed tourism environment following the Covid-19 crisis.