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Coronavirus: Harrogate tourism leaders call on government for urgent action

Coronavirus: Harrogate tourism leaders call on government for urgent action

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 2:54pm 25th March 2020.

Tourism and hospitality leaders in Harrogate are calling on the government for more cash care packages.

  • Tourism bosses in Harrogate are calling on the government for more support. 
  • Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive James Mason has written an open letter to MPs. 
  • Hospitality represents over 10 per cent of employment in Harrogate. 

It's as businesses crushed by the spread of the coronavirus scramble for solutions to survive.

The district’s essential industries have been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis – with some business owners fearing they could never open their doors to customers again after the government enforced a nationwide lockdown.

And although billions of pounds in grants, wage support and tax reliefs are being promised, none of that cash has yet to been seen and industry leaders are asking for more urgent action.

In an open letter to MPs, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive James Mason, said:

“The measures announced by the chancellor this week, are far reaching and will be welcomed by many. But there is a sense from our members that urgent action is required now.

“We fear this pandemic will cause many of our tourism businesses to close their doors for good.

“We fully appreciate the pressure you are under, dealing with your caseloads and calls for help during this crisis. Without wishing to add to that burden, we are asking that you make representation to government, specifically calling for a package of targeted support measures for businesses in the tourism, hospitality and allied industries.

“Tourism is now worth £9 billion to this region’s economy. We can’t afford to lose that.”

Hospitality represents over 10 per cent of employment in Harrogate.