Measures to boost tourism don’t go far enough

Seán Kelly: Measures don’t go far enough

MEP Seán Kelly has said a set of measures by the European Commission to support the transport and tourism sectors are not ambitious enough to substantially improve the situation for tourism which is worth close to €6 billion annually to the Irish economy.

He said while the roadmap set out by the Commission to gradually open borders and the guidelines to ensure the safe return of tourist activities is welcome, ultimately this will all continue to be guided by the national health authorities.

“It is difficult not to feel that the package could have been more ambitious in terms of direct measures to support those businesses, particularly the thousands of small family-run businesses that are already suffering a significant loss of income,’ he said from his home in Killarney.

A new and more targeted, tourism-specific EU financial programme, be it based on grants or on loan guarantees, as has proved successful in the past, would be welcome at this challenging time,” he stressed.

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