What we have been reading: April 2020

We send our regards to those trying to cope in the current Covid-19 crisis.

The tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors have been affected globally with the sudden and dramatic disruption caused by the emergence of Covid-19. Many businesses and organisations have faced a complete standstill in their activities as a result of restrictions imposed on travel and behaviour.

It is hoped that some parts of the industry will be able to resume quickly once measures are lifted however it is acknowledged that it will take a long time for many businesses and organisations to return to their recent levels of activity.

There is a strong need for support for the sector to help it navigate its way through this crisis and to emerge intact.

We highlight below a number of initiatives already in place in the UK:



Visit Britain releases latest COVID-19 advice and information for business support.

Tourism Minister announces £1.3 million scheme to help support Destination Management Organisations at risk due to COVID-19.

Live steaming from the Faroe Islands as a new tourism initiative to gain a sense of freedom during the lockdown.



Historic England launches an emergency fund of up to £2 million to help tackle the impact of COVID-19 on the heritage sector.

Portsmouth’s Mary Rose Museum faces £2.2m funding shortfall following calls for independent museum support during the pandemic.


Visitor accommodation:

ABTA is now calling for widespread industry support to ‘Save Future Travel’ by asking individuals to sign the petition.


Parks and country parks:

Government urges councils that UK parks should remain open during the lockdown.


Visitor attractions:

London Transport Museum goes digital after closing its doors during the lockdown.

The UK’s top visitor attractions offered digital online activities for Easter.


National Heritage Lottery Fund:

Welsh project aims to involve young people in heritage even under lockdown.

National Heritage Lottery fund helps heritage organisations during lockdown with digital skills initiative.