Tourism Kick-start Fund opens on 1 April

Published: 17 March 2022

Tourism businesses in the 5 South Island communities most reliant on international visitors will be able to apply for support from the $49 million Tourism Kick-start Fund initiative on 1 April.

The Fund is part of the 3 business initiatives available in the 5 communities and was launched last year as part of the Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan. The Fund will support businesses to prepare for the return of international visitors.

2021 support - Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan

A grant valued between $10,000 and $50,000 is available to eligible businesses in Westland, Southland, Kaikōura, Mackenzie and Queenstown Lakes Districts.

Specialist local agencies will administer the grants and help businesses with their applications.

Businesses can start the process by checking the eligibility criteria and other information here:

The 3 business initiatives

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Last updated: 17 March 2022