Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
384. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her engagement with the hospitality sector in relation to the reopening and easing of restrictions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21797/21]
I meet with representatives of the tourism and hospitality sectors regularly and I am well aware of the challenges faced by the sectors. In addition, to provide a platform for structured engagement between the Hospitality and Tourism sectors, the tourism agencies and relevant Government Departments in order to assess the continuing impact of the pandemic, last October, the Tánaiste and I established the Hospitality and TourismForum. The forum helps to improve understanding and responses to the crisis and to discuss ideas for recovery measures, thus assisting the Government in formulating its on-going response to the crisis. The forum has met three times to date and is scheduled to meet for the fourth time next month where reopening and recovery will be the main agenda items.