VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — More provincial help is on the way for tourism businesses and the people working in the industry to get through the next few months, says the minister in charge of the sector.
Another $55 million has been promised on top of the initial commitment in September for a total of $105 million to support the tourism industry that has been struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.
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The COVID-19 vaccine offers a sense of hope, says Melanie Mark, minister of tourism, but it doesn’t mean the province is in the clear yet.
Province adding $55-million to its previous support funding for tourism businesses and the people who work in that sector, according to BC Tourism Minister Melanie Mark.
— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) December 22, 2020
Tightening travel restrictions and advisories to stay local for months have put a damper on cash flow for industry, especially during peak travel times, but the province also notes the additional challenges Indigenous businesses face. Because of this, $5 million is being allocated to Indigenous Tourism BC for a relief grant for Indigenous businesses that will launch in the new year.
The committed relief funding will go through the province’s Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program.
The province had asked the tourism sector to identify what it wanted to get through the pandemic. Seven recommendations came back, including a request for more money to keep businesses from going under.
-with files from Martin MacMahon