$19.6m earmarked for tourism infrastructure


NZ tourism minister announces $19.6m in funding for tourism infrastructure projects around the country

Tourism minister Kelvin Davis has announced that the NZ Government has allocated $19.6 million in funding for tourism infrastructure projects around the country, so local communities can feel the benefits of a healthy tourism sector, rather than the pressure it can create. The funding is in addition to the $8.5m the Government committed on 15 August to help communities manage freedom camping during the upcoming summer season.

The funding, which has been granted through the second round of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, will be spread across 31 councils and community organisations.

The minister added that the growth seen in the number of tourists in New Zealand over the past few years will likely continue in the future and investments are important to improve the quality of tourism infrastructure.

Some of the successful applications include boardwalks and walkways, carparks, ramps, toilet and wastewater facilities, and dump stations.

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"Managed well, tourism growth can significantly boost our economy, bring wealth to the regions, and improve New Zealanders’ quality of life by creating more vibrant communities," the minister says.

Calling it the first step towards a better tourism experience for Kiwis and visitors, the minister reassured that the Government would continue with their efforts to make the tourism industry in New Zealand more sustainable. "I am also looking at ways the Government can step up to its stewardship role in bringing the industry together to create a more productive and sustainable sector," he says.

"For example, we’re considering responsible camping legislation and how that might need to change for everyone’s benefit. We’re also implementing an international visitor levy to provide sustainable funding for infrastructure and conservation, and we’re funding attractions through the Provincial Growth Fund that will help provide year-round jobs in our regions."

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