Coronavirus Strategic Capacity Scheme (Tourist Accommodation)

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Coronavirus Strategic Capacity Scheme (Tourist Accommodation)

 

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The primary purpose of this Scheme is to ensure the Island retains its strategic capacity in the Tourist Accommodation sector during the period impacted by COVID19 and subsequent emergency measures introduced by the Government. This is intended to assist a more rapid recovery as the situation improves.

By providing targeted financial assistance, the intent is the strategic capacity of the Tourist Accommodation sector will be maintained during a period of little, or no, revenue. Thereby enabling those receiving this financial assistance to ensure that creditors within the local supply chain are paid and that support is provided towards the costs of maintaining strategically important accommodation stock.

Full scheme guidelines can be found here

Eligibility 

Premises registered with the Department before 28th February 2020 are eligible to apply, with the exception of permanent campsites, TT and MGP Homestay and temporary TT and MGP campsites and glamping sites.

Additional exclusions include all serviced and non-serviced accommodation with fewer than 3 Stars.

Eligible Premises (3* or above)

  • Hotels;
  • Guest Houses;
  • Bed & Breakfast;
  • Guest Accommodation;
  • Serviced Apartments;
  • Inns;
  • Farmhouses;
  • Self-Catering properties;
  • Permanent Glamping Sites (Permanent Campsites offering a majority or wholly of Glamping Accommodation); and
  • Hostels (including Accredited/Highly Accredited).

Ineligible Premises

The following types of Tourist Accommodation are currently not eligible for financial support under this scheme:

  • Temporary and Permanent Camping;
  • Temporary Glamping Sites;
  • Homestay Accommodation;
  • any other form of Serviced or Non-serviced Accommodation which is graded at 2* or below; and
  • premises on the tourist Accommodation register that are demonstrably operating as Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) – The Department reserves its right to inspect premises in this regard.

Businesses who are unsure of their eligibility, should, in the first instance contact the Department by email accommodation.dfe@gov.im

Key Information

The Scheme is made by the Treasury under the Financial Provisions and Currency Act 2011, a copy of which can be found here 

  • The modelling for this scheme is based on an industry measure called ‘Revenue per Available Room’ or ‘RevPAR’ which uses a calculation based on the average revenue per available room across the respective sector (serviced or non-serviced) between April and June 2019. It has been determined based on information held within the Department’s official accommodation registers as at the end of March 2020. 

The funding is worked out as follows:

Number of bedrooms/glamping units x funding per day rate x 91 days = £Funding amount payable

For those eligible, the level of financial assistance available will be based on accommodation type, the number of rooms in the property and the star grading of the property and will cover a period of 91 days (April-June 2020). 

The applicable rates are set out in the Table below.

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  • Any funding agreed by the Department is for the sole purpose of enabling accommodation businesses to pay their local suppliers for goods and services received. You will be asked to sign a declaration stating that you intend to settle existing local supply chain debts, or reach an agreed position with such creditors, as a condition of receiving financial assistance. 
How to access the scheme

You will need to complete the online Application Form

We strongly suggest you read the guidelines before submitting an application to the Department.

We have created a helpful ‘Checklist’ which states all of the information that you will need to have to hand before completing the application form. Please click here to view the checklist. 

If you have any queries please email them to this email address accommodation.dfe@gov.im.

As part of the application, you will be asked to upload two documents. These documents will provide full details of:

  • Your current creditors, including providing a detailed breakdown of existing customer deposits and monies held, or owed, within the local supply chain (i.e. suppliers or travel and tour operators operating in the Isle of Man);
  • A breakdown of specific costs in respect of ‘mothballing’ the business to the end of June 2020 (i.e. ongoing overheads, minimum staffing costs, costs of financing, rents, rates, utilities, security etc.)
Further Information

If you have any questions, please take a look at our FAQ document and Scheme Guidelines or alternatively email accommodation.dfe@gov.im if you cannot find the answers you are looking for.

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