Covid:19: Tourism Sector

Part of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons on 4th June 2020.

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Photo of Gavin Newlands Gavin Newlands Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport)

Does the Secretary of State agree with the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, who warns that the tourism industry, which is already deprived of vital foreign workers due to visa restrictions and which supports more than 200,000 jobs and contributes over £7 billion to the Scottish economy, now faces the double whammy of a no-deal Brexit combined with the ongoing impact of covid-19? Does this not justify a further extension of the job retention scheme to support the sector, and an extension of the transition period to avoid a deeply damaging no-deal scenario, compounding the horrendous coronavirus circumstances?