COVID-19 Adaptation Fund closing date extended: A message from the CEO of Fáilte Ireland

October 5, 2020

Dear Industry Member,

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on the tourism industry, I want to assure you that our core focus and our work remains on supporting you and helping the sector to rebuild and recover. 

I want to take this opportunity to update you on the €26million COVID-19 Adaptation Fund. To ensure that as many eligible businesses as possible have the opportunity to open in line with Government guidelines and avail of the Fund, we have extended the deadline for applications by over 3 weeks from 8th October to 31st October 2020. This Fund has been designed to help tourism and hospitality businesses offset some of the costs incurred in adapting their premises or operations and costs such as barriers and protective screens, the development of outdoor areas and technology, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitisers are all covered.

I would encourage businesses not to delay in checking the eligibility criteria on www.failteireland.ie.

The Government’s Stay and Spend Scheme comes into effect from today. Stay and Spend is a Government initiative designed to help drive sales in the tourism and hospitality sector during the off-season. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so now through Revenue’s Online Service, ROS. Once you register you’ll receive a Stay and Spend Starter Kit from Fáilte Ireland – this contains promotional material to help you let customers know you’re taking part. 

Budget 2021 will be announced on October 13th  and we are working closely with the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD and her officials in preparation for their budgetary discussions with Ministers McGrath and Donohoe. Minister Martin is acutely aware of the perilous situation facing thousands of tourism businesses and the sector as a whole.

Please continue to monitor www.failteireland.ie for up-to-date information and visit our online COVID-19 Support Hub for guidance on areas such as capacity, HR and sales and marketing.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Kelly
CEO, Fáilte Ireland