Supporting the Events Industry in Ireland
Supporting the Events Industry in Ireland

Covid-19

Events in a Covid-19 world

Events Industry in a Covid-19 World

We want to help get the events industry in a Covid-19 world and the wider economy back up and running and to assist the government in any way we can. Events are at the heart of Irish tourism, hospitality and cultural industries. They are the very reason why millions of leisure and business tourists travel to Ireland.

Our industry has been the first hit and the hardest hit. Companies have been reduced to zero revenue. But it has proven to be resilient, adaptive and creative through all previous crises and will be again this time.

For the events industry, recovery will take longer than the general economy. The industry is viable but needs urgent long government support. A strong events industry will support a wider economic recovery, secure tens of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of euro in exports.

Events Industry Report, 2020

Event Industry Ireland commissioned an independent report on the events industry from people working in a wide range of areas within the events industry in Ireland. The results of this report show the scale and strength of the industry pre-Covid-19. It also shows the impact this pandemic has already had on the events industry. Events were the first industry to be hit by this crisis and, unfortunately, we will be the last to recover. In order for our industry to survive, we have some very urgent appeals to Government.

The Events Industry in Ireland has the following requests of Government

During these unprecedented times, Event Industry Ireland is actively lobbying the Government to ensure its support of the industry from the impact of Covid-19. We have some very urgent appeals to the Government in order for our industry to survive.

While we appreciate the support that has been given to our industry so far, we need this to be continued for some time if businesses in our industry are to survive through Covid-19.

Our Government Requests

The following are the requests we have for the Irish Government to assist the events industry during this time

Government Recognition

EII to be part of a Government task force within the Department of Tourism to spearhead the recovery of the tourism and events sector and develop a long-term strategy for the industry.

Local
Investment

Divert Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland international marketing budgets to be spent within the domestic tourism sector.

Wage
Subsidy

Extension of the hugely beneficial wage subsidy scheme for businesses and professionals in the events industry, and an extension to the Covid-19 emergency payment to all self-employed people working within the events industry.

Tax
Incentives

Vat reduction / Tax incentives for events / Stimulus packages for companies to kick-start events, both within and coming into Ireland from overseas.

Business
Grants

Funding access to assist businesses in the events industry that are viable but in difficulty.

Industry
Recognition

To ensure recognition of our Industry and the monetary and employment value that we give to the Irish economy across the board. Acknowledgement of the fact that as an industry it will be the last to recover.

Events During
Covid-19

Support from Government to install effective, instant testing at entry points for festivals, events, concerts and sporting events, to allow them to take place whilst waiting for a proven vaccine to be discovered.

Insurance
Policies

To address insurance issues related to the running of events with all relevant providers with the support of the government. Without reasonable insurance policies, events, large and small, will not take place.

VAT Reduction

Reduced VAT rate for businesses in the events industry.

Tax Breaks

Extend existing VAT/tax breaks for the event sector.

Business Loans

Long-term, low interest, business loans for businesses in the events sector.

Key requests

• Our members have strong, existing relationships with city councils around the country, and with the OPW countrywide. As we are so involved with events at a grassroots level around Ireland, we ask to be part of any Government task force formed within the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation or the Department of Tourism. Any task force created to spearhead the recovery of the events sector and develop a long term strategy for the Industry needs representation from within the industry.

• As you will see from the EII 2020 report, our industry is a very significant contributor to the economy. We want to ensure recognition of our Industry and the monetary and employment value that we give to the Irish economy across the board. We need acknowledgment of the fact that as an industry, it will be the last to recover.

• Extension of the hugely beneficial wage subsidy scheme for businesses and professionals in the events industry. An extension to the COVID 19 emergency payment to all self-employed people working within the events industry

• In the future, when events can get up and running again, safety will be our priority. In order to ensure the safety of attendees and staff, at all events, we would need support from Government to install effective, instant testing at entry points for festivals, events, concerts and sporting events. This will allow them to take place whilst waiting for a proven vaccine to be discovered.

• More than ever, insurance will play a massive part in the running of events. We need to address insurance issues related to the running of events with all relevant providers with the support of government. Without reasonable insurance policies, events large and small will not take place.

Financial importance of and assistance for the events industry

The EII 2020 report shows that our industry is very significant. We want to ensure recognition of our Industry and the monetary and employment value to the Irish economy across the board and the fact that as an industry it will be the last to recover. 

In addition to the above, the following financial assistance requests are required to ensure that the 35,000+ event personnel employed in this industry maintain their jobs, and that the owners of these companies keep their businesses alive. These requests are essential to get this industry back up and running as soon as possible post-Covid-19.

Next steps
  • All members of EII will lobby their local TD’s and councilors to support our appeals to Government.
  • We will continue to fight for the above requests to ensure the survival of our industry.
  • We will actively look for new members so that we can support each other as an organisation
Long-term

Although Event Industry Ireland is a new organisation that has been established during this crisis, it is our intention to continue to serve the wider needs of the events industry We intend to do this both during and long after Covid-19 has left our shores.

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