House of Commons
Twelve month support for tourism
EDM #406
Tabled 29 April 2020
2019-21 Session
That this house notes that hospitality and the UK tourism industry are among the hardest hit by the necessary social distancing policies in place during the covid-19 outbreak; further notes that 80 per cent of workers in the hotel and food industries are furloughed and up to a third may be at risk in the longer term of losing their jobs; recognises that in the Lake District 80 per cent of the working population are employed in tourism or hospitality; further recognises research from Cumbria Tourism indicating that the cost of coronavirus in Cumbria may reach £1.45 billion by May 2020, translating into 18,459 job losses; further notes that the seasonal nature of the tourism industry means that many businesses will not be able to generate the necessary level of income to avoid closing down after the support packages end; and calls on the Government to introduce a 12 month financial support package to secure the survival of the UK tourism and hospitality industry until the summer of 2021.