The government doubt need for new tourism sector wage support measures

The government does not yet see the need for new wage support measures for Estonia’s tourism industry, Minister of Enterprise Andres Sutt (Reform) said on Monday.

On Friday, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported Estonia has the second highest coronavirus rate in Europe and recommended countries create travel restrictions for arrivals from the Baltics.

On Saturday,tourism associationssent a letter to the government requesting additional help due to the likelihood of mass cancellations as Estonia’s coronavirus rate continues to rise.

Sutt told current affairs show “Aktuaalne kaamera” on Monday data shows the sector has not been badly hit yet. He said restaurant turnover figures show a fall of 5 percent.

“The decrease [compared to 2020] is not very big, maybe even 5 percent, but this is an average. There are definitely places where it is bigger. And in the case of hotels, we are talking about a decline of maybe one-fifth,” he said.

 

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