The Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (V) stated that the government will invest 700 million Norwegian kroner in tourism and nightlife companies as a restart aid after the reopening.
Nybø said, this is really sad.
She walked along the door of Karl Johans, past closed doors, and past Grand Cafe. On such a sunny day, people would be on the sidewalk. Lunch on the table.
The table was gone today, and Oslo turned off the corona almost as much as possible.
-I’m from Stavanger. After all, it is open most of the time, and people can already go to restaurants. She said that it was difficult all over the country, but this incident in Oslo made her very sad and shook her head.
She is happy that the infection rate seems to be declining, so the capital can be reopened.
-We see how much impact this has. During the pandemic, certain parts of the business community have succumbed, but the tourism industry has clearly encountered its biggest difficulties.
She pointed out that tourism is the industry with the highest unemployment rate, with 36,500 employees totally or partially unemployed. Nybø said this constitutes every five employees in the industry.
She said that this is an important reason for the government’s decision to allocate 700 million Norwegian kroner for “restarting the tourism package” to provide assistance to travel and nightlife companies after the reopening. This means that all companies in these categories can apply for support.
-Investment will focus on long-term development and restructuring. She said that compared with the tourism industry that was closed before the pandemic, the tourism industry must be reopened and rebuilt on a “healthier” basis.
This investment will be built on the basis of the new tourism strategy that will be prepared by Innovative Norway in May.
-What is the basis of what you call “healthier”?
-We will gradually adopt measures and support plans to shift to projects that provide more sustainable and profitable nightlife and tourism.While encouraging, we will reward digital and green solutions in the tourism industry in the future
-Can you talk specifically about digital and green solutions?