Funding now available to Falkirk's tour operators

Falkirk’s tourism businesses and tour operators will be able to tap into £15 million of funding to attract tourists to the area.

VisitScotland has widened the scope of the financial support criteria for the Scotland Inbound Tour Operators – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund and another fund – The Scotland Day Tour Operators COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund – has been created, in order to help more businesses in the tour operator sector.

Guidance for inbound tours will go live on at noon on Thursday, and day tours on March 4.

Both strands of the funding are being delivered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and have been developed with input from the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Scottish Destination Management Association, the Scottish Incoming Golf Tour Operators Association, UK Inbound and the Scottish Independent Tour Operators Association.

The Kelpies are a big draw for the Falkirk area and now VisitScotland is making cash available to firms who are looking to bring tourists to the area

VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said: “With restrictions in place on international travel and from elsewhere in the UK for nearly a year now, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on package holidays and excursions in Scotland.

“As an organisation we are working as hard as we can to get financial support to those who need it and we have redeployed more than 100 staff from other roles to help process applications as quickly as possible.

“Visitors to Scotland are attracted by the prospect of exploring our stunning landscapes and delving into our rich history and vibrant culture and both inbound tour operators and day tour businesses are critical to this offering.”

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