Tourism Growth Partnership

The Tourism Growth Partnership was closed on 11 May 2017, with the fund’s $8 million annual allocation rolled into the new Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Through the Tourism Growth Partnership, the Government invested in industry-led projects that supported innovation and created new opportunities in the tourism sector.

The Tourism Growth Partnership was established in 2013. Since that time, the Government has partnered with the private sector in 33 unique tourism ventures to attract high-value visitors or support regional growth. Total government investment of $23.54 million has been matched by $67.35 million in private sector contributions.

Tourism Growth Partnership closed

Over the past few years the tourism sector has seen unprecedented growth. Tourism is now New Zealand’s biggest export earner, delivering $14.5 billion and an estimated 188,000 jobs to communities around the country.

Infrastructure development to support this growth is a priority for government funding, so the Tourism Growth Partnership’s $8 million annually has been reallocated to the new Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund provides $100 million over four years for the development of tourism-related infrastructure such as carparks, freedom camping facilities, sewerage and water works and transport projects.


Information for funding recipients

Funding already approved through the Tourism Growth Partnership will continue as scheduled.

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Successful projects

Over five rounds from 2013 to 2017, the Tourism Growth Partnership awarded $25.82 million to 34 projects.

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