Question and Answer
Among Prime Minister’s Questions in Parliament on 22nd April was the following interchange:
Sally-Ann Hart, MP for Hastings and Rye:
Beautiful Hastings and Rye is heavily dependent on tourism as a major driver in the local economy. Covid-19 has badly hit the tourism, leisure and hospitality industries. Has my right hon. Friend considered what measures are needed, first, to encourage domestic tourism, and secondly, to ensure that tourism and tourism-related businesses are given the right support to enable recovery from the impact of Covid-19 and revive our local economies?
Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs:
My hon. Friend makes a really important point. We know that the coronavirus is significantly affecting the tourism industry. That point was made by Lucy Powell as well. The Chancellor has set out unprecedented support for businesses and workers, including those in the tourism sector. That includes business rate support for hospitality and leisure businesses. We have also announced a £1.3 million scheme through VisitEngland to provide support to destination management organisations at risk of closure because of the coronavirus pandemic in order to see them through this difficult time. We are committed to helping the industry to get through this crisis so that we can encourage people to take holidays and revive the tourism sector as we come through the crisis.
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