Tourism Business Continuity Scheme Phase 1

Tourism Business Continuity Scheme Phase 1

*This scheme is now closed*

The Tourism Business Continuity Scheme will provide support to providers of certain tourism services who have been unable to qualify for assistance under the Government's Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS). It is designed to help these tourism businesses offset their fixed costs incurred last year and support them to continue operating through 2021.  

*Phase One of the Tourism Business Continuity Scheme is now closed.*

Phase one of the Scheme accepted applications from businesses in the follow categories who met the eligibility criteria: 

  • Outdoor activity providers 

  • Tourism golf courses 

  • Hop-on Hop-off bus tours  

  • Cruise hire companies 

  • Boat tours operators 

  • Visitor attractions not eligible for CRSS 

  • Caravan and camping / outdoor accommodation 

Check your eligibility

Please read carefully the Guidelines below to check your eligibility.

Key criteria include:   

  • As a result of COVID-19, a business's average monthly turnover in the 4-month period October 2020 – January 2021 must be down at least 75% compared to the average monthly turnover for the period January to December 2019

  • The business must have a minimum annual turnover of €50,000 

  • The business must not be eligible to apply for the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) or be eligible for funding through the Fáilte Ireland Coach Tourism Business Continuity Scheme or Ireland Based Inbound Agents Business Continuity Scheme. 

  • The applicant business entity must not be in public ownership, nor manage/ operate a tourism asset on behalf of a public body.  

Watch our webinar

Introduction to the Tourism Business Continuity Scheme

Fáilte Ireland hosted a live webinar on  February 9 2021 which provided an introduction to the Scheme, the application process, and a Q&A session. 

Watch the webinar on YouTube


Further information

For all queries in relation to this scheme, please contact Customer Support by telephone on 0818 888800 or +353 (0)1-5741990, or by email at

Please note that Phase 2 of the Tourism Business Continuity Scheme will be launched in March 2021.