6 May 2021

$200m tourism package targets five South Island regions and future ‘recovery and reset’

The funding is targeted at a number of areas including

  • $49m kick-start fund for tourism businesses to restart ahead of international visitors arriving
  • $26m for Regional Tourism Organisations to plan, promote and market tourism activities
  • $20m to diversify the Queenstown-Wanaka region away from tourism
  • $16.5m for local councils to apply for new spending
  • $15m to transform Milford Sound-Piopiotahi
  • $14m which will be used to convert loans from Inbound Tour Operators, allocated last year, to grants
  • $10m in grants for tourism businesses to get expert planning advice
  • $10m in grants to help businesses implement those plans
  • $10m in waived concession fees for around 1000 tourism business operators, trading on public conservation land
  • $10m for a Tourism Industry Transformation Plan to create a more sustainable tourism model
  • $4.5m for psychological and social wellbeing support and training

The Southland Times $200m tourism package targets five South Island regions and future ‘recovery and reset’6 May 2021