Monday 7th June 2021 – PRESS RELEASE with Mike Smith
Turisme Comunitat Valenciana and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Model are working to expand the aid fund for the nightlife sector of the Comunidad Valenciana.
The Regional Secretary for Tourism, Francesc Colomer, explained that “we have asked the Ministry of Finance for an increase in the budget for this line of aid so that no company in the nightlife sector is left out”.
He explained that “we have already awarded 96% of the budget for these grants, set at 8 million euros, and in the next few days we will reach 100%”, which is why “we are now working to increase these grants “. He added that “Turisme has worked hand in hand with the associations of the nightlife sector to estimate of the amount of aid that is needed”.
The head of Turisme has reiterated that “the intention of the Generalitat Valenciana is to support to the nightlife sector, the one most affected by the pandemic” and has stressed that “we are going to continue working to make it so.”
In addition, he pointed out that “the number of applications for this assistance has been much higher than expected and the figures of existing companies that had transferred us from the sector entities” and recalled that “Turisme has assumed the processing of these aids to expedite the procedure as much as possible, since it is the tourism sector most affected by COVID “.
It should be noted that on February 24, the terms and conditions for the direct granting of aid for public nightlife establishments were published in the DOGV, endowed with a total of 8,000,000 euros.
Turisme CV is responsible for the processing of this line of aid after the delegation of powers carried out by the Ministry of Justice, Interior and Public Administration, in order to speed up the management of the aid.
Thus, since the resolution was published in the DOGV, Turisme has already awarded 96% of the total budget for these grants. Specifically, a total of 635 nightlife venues in the Comunidad Valenciana have benefited from these grants (260 venues in the province of Alicante, 87 in Castellón and 288 in Valencia).
These aid to nightlife have been articulated through a specific line endowed with 8 million. Among these, two types of business have been differentiated: on the one hand, discos, dance halls or banquet venues that could choose up to a total of 28,500 euros; and on the other, the pubs, live music venues, concert venues, and show venues that have opted for an amount of 7,000 euros, with a maximum global amount of 3,725,000 euros.