In recognition of the severe impact that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have on Scotland's tourism industry, the Scottish Government announced several important support packages in December 2020, with the overall goal of helping the industry survive the impacts of the pandemic. One of these support packages, the "Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund", operated by VisitScotland, is due to open for applications in early February 2021. Below we take a high-level look at the fund and, in particular, the types of marine and boating businesses that could potentially benefit from it.
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