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30 July 2020


Coronavirus: Tourism Industry Update

The situation is developing quickly. Please follow the news reports and for latest advice regularly visit the Public Health Wales website and the Business Wales website

BULLETIN CONTENTS - Securing the future of Wales’ culture sector; Funding to support employment and training in Wales; Art Funding: Respond and reimagine grants; Underground attractions: supplementary guidance; Eat Out to Help Out Scheme – further information for businesses / webinars and promotional materials for your business; “Addo. My promise to Wales” – Industry toolkit now available; COVID-19 UK Tourism Consumer Tracker Survey; Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – webinar; Superfast Business Wales – webinar series; Visit Britain market update webinars; Welsh Wine Week : 27 July – 2 August.

Securing the future of Wales’ culture sector

The Welsh Government is investing £53m to help Wales’ diverse culture sector deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has announced.

The fund will be delivered jointly with the Arts Council of Wales and has a “cultural contract” at its heart to help the sector emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever. Today’s announcement comes on top of the £18m portfolio package provided in April, which was delivered by the Welsh Government, Arts Council of Wales and Sport Wales.

You can read the full press release at Gov.Wales.

Funding to support employment and training in Wales

The Welsh Government have pledged to support everyone to find work, education or training or help to start their own business as it launched a £40 million skills and jobs fund.     

You can read the full press release at Gov.Wales.

Art Funding: Respond and reimagine grants

Respond and reimagine grants offer funding from £10,000 to £50,000, provide funding to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the COVID-19 crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.  Read more on the Business Wales website.   

Underground attractions: supplementary guidance

The Welsh Government guidance for underground attractions is now available.

This guidance supplements the comprehensive guidance contained within ‘Tourism and hospitality businesses: guidance for a phased reopening’.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Further information for businesses

Get more help with registration, eligibility and how to offer the discount for the ‘Eat Out to Help Out Scheme’. Eligible establishments are those in which food is sold for immediate on-premises consumption. Further details are available on the Business Wales website.

Webinars and promotional materials for your business

HMRC are running free webinars on the ‘Eat Out to Help Out Scheme’. HMRC have also produced posters, images and other promotional materials for use by establishments who are taking part in the ‘Eat Out To Help Out Scheme’. Visit the Business Wales website for more details.

“Addo. My promise to Wales” – Industry toolkit now available

As Wales’ tourism industry starts to re-open, our key communication message is ‘Visit Wales. Safely’, which includes the pledge that we’re encouraging everyone travelling around Wales to get behind, to do the little things that make a big difference. To make a promise together, to ‘Addo’ as we prepare to start exploring again, to care for each other, our land and for our communities. The pledge can be signed virtually on

Our handy industry toolkit is now available to make it even easier for you to get involved and please continue to share your pledges with us on social using #Addo #VisitWalesSafely.

COVID-19 UK Tourism Consumer Tracker Survey

The latest weekly report from our UK Consumer Tracker survey is now available on the Visit Britain website  showing week 10 findings covering 20 - 24 July. This provides the latest results of attitudes and intentions to take holidays in the UK and Wales this year. The second detailed report of the profile of visitors across GB intending to visit Wales has also been published on the Welsh Government website based on the 4 weekly fieldwork period from 15 June to 10 July.  This includes information on the domestic visitors planning to visit Wales this year and the types of holiday they are intending to take

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – webinar

From 1 August 2020 there will be changes affecting the grant employers can claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Employers will be asked to pay National Insurance (NI) and pension contributions for furloughed employees.  Further details are available on the Business Wales website.        

Superfast Business Wales – webinar series

Superfast Business Wales are offering  a range of free webinars for businesses affected by COVID-19. These will help you put digital at the heart of your business to make sure your customers find you in this increasingly competitive online space.

Whether you’re looking to move online and create a new ‘business as usual’ or maintain your brand presence locally for when things get back to normal, they have courses that suit all business needs and abilities.  Visit the Business Wales Events Finder website for details.

VisitBritain market update webinars

Registration is now open to join VisitBritain’s new market update webinars where their in-market experts will share the latest market insights.  Webinars will include latest travel situation, impact, how operators are adapting, the latest research and data. Visit the VisitBritain website for details of upcoming webinars.

Welsh Wine Week : 27 July – 2 August

Welsh Wine Week is an initiative led jointly with the Welsh Government’s Drinks Cluster and the Welsh Wine sector, to raise the profile of wine from vineyards in Wales.

Welsh Wine Week runs from 27 July to 2 August. Celebrities, ministers, foodies and many others are involved in a number of virtual events throughout the week. Visit the Welsh Wine Week website to learn about some of the planned events, and where you can buy Welsh wine and support vineyards in Wales.

You can also follow #WelshWineWeek on social media  Facebook   /   Instagram    /   Twitter

Stay up to date with tourism industry news

We are committed to providing the support and assurance the business community needs during these unprecedented difficult times and have issued several Coronavirus (COVID-19) related bulletins which can be found on the Tourism Industry Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bulletins page.

Business Wales is providing businesses with tailored support and advice about dealing with coronavirus, from financial and supply chain planning to advice on staffing issues. We would advise Tourism businesses and stakeholders in Wales wanting specific guidance to visit the Business Wales website or call Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000, and to regularly visit the Public Health Wales website for up-to-date public health information for you, your staff and your visitors.