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AIPCO Calls For Government Supports For Business Tourism Sector

By Dave Simpson
AIPCO Calls For Government Supports For Business Tourism Sector

The Association of Irish Professional Conference Organisers (AIPCO) has called on the government to introduce a grant scheme and VAT exemption for businesses involved in the business tourism sector.

In addition to a "resilience and hardship" grant and a VAT exemption, AIPCO is seeking an extension of the wage subsidy scheme for the business tourism sector until May of 2021; the creation of clear standard operating procedure guidelines for how conferences can take place safely; and a reduction of social distancing from two metres to one metre to "ensure financial viability" for conferences.

"Consider A More Long-Term Approach"

The Irish Independent quotes AIPCO chairman Ronan Flood as saying, "We are asking the government to consider a more long-term approach, support conference organisers during the immediate crisis and help to properly showcase Ireland in a post-COVID world."

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