New funding for tourism infrastructure available

On: 15 March 2017

Applications are now open for up to $5.5 million in extra funding to help regional communities respond to visitor growth by developing new and enhanced facilities, through the second round of the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.

The fund provides co-funding for infrastructure used by visitors, such as carparks, toilets, rubbish disposal and minor water management projects. It supports the Government’s tourism strategy by investing in core facilities that help attract high-value visitors to our regions and ensure they enjoy their stay.

The last funding round has seen the development of projects such as new toilets at Lake Tekapo and parking at Taranaki’s Rotokare Scenic Reserve.

Budget 2016 allocated $12 million over four years for the fund. Funding for this financial year was fully allocated to 14 projects in the last round, held in 2016. Additional funding of $5.5 million has been set aside for this second round as a result of the high quality of applications and level of demand for round one.

The Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund is just one part of a wide suite of initiatives that form the Government’s tourism strategy, which supports the tourism sector to reap the benefits of growth while managing the pressures this places on communities and infrastructure.

Applications for the second round of the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund close on 12 April 2017.

[image] Campervan travelling between Arthurs Pass and the Canterbury plains by Grant Slevin

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