Travel and tourism "got huge amounts" of government coronavirus support, tourism minister Nigel Huddleston has told TTG.
In an exclusive interview with editor Sophie Griffiths, previewed above and set to air as part of TTG’s Agenda 2021 conference on Tuesday (8 December), Huddleston defended the government’s record on backing travel and tourism businesses.
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Pressed on whether claims from travel firms and industry professionals they got "no support" were accurate, Huddleston said: "Of course they’ve had support, massive amounts of support.
"At the end of the day, we’ll end up having a calculation totalling up sector by sector what the support was in terms of grants, business rates relief, furlough, tax deferments, a whole host of things.
"And I think we’ll find, actually, the sectors we’re talking about – travel and tourism – actually got huge amounts of support."