COVID-19 Supporting our Tourism Industry

We will update this page as often as new information comes in via partners such as Visit Britain and Tourism Alliance. We also need to hear from you so that we can feedback to VisitBritain and government regarding what is happening in our region. Please email

Where can I find national and international tourism and travel sector information and advice?

Latest Government news (30/03/20): Foreign Secretary announces support for British travellers needing to return home

Visit Britain has a dedicated news and updates page for all those working in the sector.

Additionally, VisitBritain has also launched a page on their Business Advice Hub offering advice for tourism and event businesses affected by COVID-19.


How can I promote our virtual/alternative offer during the Coronavirus outbreak?

At NGI, we are working hard to keep all of our information up to date on our leisure tourism website, and we are grateful to you all for notifying us of any changes and cancellations.

However, we are also very keen to hear about any new, alternative or remote activities that your organisation might be offering. Please email our Digital Content Manager, Hannah Lambert with any information and we will do our best to promote it as part of our day to day communications activity as well as our upcoming alternative campaigns.


What’s the latest advice for accommodation providers?

The Government has a dedicated page for all providers of hotel and other accommodation types. There is also a published letter from the Minister for Local Government and Homelessness, Luke Hall, to hotel chief executives regarding the exemption for hotels, hostels and B&Bs to open so as to offer accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people.


Is there any guidance for charities?

Charity-specific information is available on the government website.


I work in arts and culture, is there any specific support available to me?
Arts Council England have made £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of their funding. Find more information here
Arts Council England have also made £50 million available to organisations in the cultural sector, who are not National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) or Music Education Hubs. They can apply for a maximum of £35,000.