XpoNorth will host two digital seminars supporting the festival and visitor attraction sector which will focus on keeping people connected with Orkney.
£15 million will be available to help Scottish businesses who promote and sell package holidays to Scotland or day tours here.
The Hostel – COVID-19 Business Support and Continuity Fund aims to provide a safety net to keep hostel businesses operating while restrictions on opening and travel are in place and then be trade ready when it is safe for travel to return.
Coach operators can apply for a share of a £10million fund to help support their businesses through the COVID-19 crisis
A £6 million fund is being made available to support inbound tourism and those businesses who promote and sell packages to international markets.
Scottish tourism businesses have another opportunity to link up with global tour operators and travel agents “virtually”.
Orkney has come top in a survey ranking the importance of Scotland’s heritage. This is the second year running that Orkney has topped the Heritage Index which is compiled by the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts)
Food, products and tourism were three main topics in the first event of the Sustainable Conference in Orkney which for 2020 has moved online.
“Other parts of the Highlands and Islands are already accepting the green reset challenge to radically rethink their green infrastructure, the question remains, what about Orkney? “
The COVID-19 impact is compounded by the region’s vulnerability to Brexit – five of the six most vulnerable local authority areas to Brexit are in the Highlands and Islands