| Hoteliers Get £22.50
a Night for Empty Beds
Measures to offset the impact of the TT's cancellation
on the tourism industry have been outlined by Treasury Minister Richard
Corkill. He revealed in Tynwald that hotels and guesthouses will be able to
claim £22.50 for every empty bed space for every night of the TT
fortnight under the tourist accommodation support fund scheme.
Corkill also announced a moratorium on VAT debts in severe cases will be
considered and deferral of water rates. Interest and capital payments on
government tourist loans are suspended for this year and a scheme offering
assistance to businesses facing closure because of the TT cancellation will be
presented to Tynwald next month, Mr Corkill said.
'These measures are
based on the principle of seeking to maintain strategic tourist-related
businesses in existence to enable the sector to regroup and to provide
sufficient bed spaces in future years to allow the sector to develop,' he said.
'I believe this package of measures provides tangible, speedy and
timely assistance while acknowledging the need to consider longer term
implications of the cancellation of the 2001 TT races. I believe it is a
package which will go a long way to meeting the concerns of the tourist sector
while taking a measured political judgement in relation to the appropriate use
of public money.'
The tourist accommodation support fund scheme, which
assumes all accommodation providers would have 100 per cent occupancy for the
full 14-day period, will also pay out £15 per empty bed space in
self-catering units, £3 for hostels and £2 per pitch for campsites.
He added Tourism and Leisure Minister David Cretney is discussing local
authority rates with the local authorities and the DTL will meet the cost of
advertising in next year's tourist guide.
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