Tourism Infrastructure Fund FAQs
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The Tourism Infrastructure Fund will support the development of public infrastructure that is used by visitors. Examples of the types of projects that are within scope include:
- freedom camping facilities
- sewerage and water (tourism-related portion only)
- safety upgrades to public spaces (footpaths etc.)
- infrastructure for natural attractions.
Signage, rest-stop facilities, and feasibility studies may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The Tourism Infrastructure Fund will not fund commercial, or semi-commercial facilities, infrastructure for which there is already a dedicated stream of central government investment (such as cycle trails, and NZTA-funded land transport), or infrastructure that is not directly linked to visitor volumes (such as storm water systems).
In summary, the criteria are:
- projects will address capacity constraints, and/or support regions to realise their tourism potential
- projects must demonstrate value for money, and have considered innovative approaches to delivery and funding
- co-funding is required, and other funding options have been investigated
- only applicants who are financially constrained will be eligible.
The first round will open in the second half of 2017.
Up to twice a year.
The fund is open to councils, though in some instances community organisations may apply, with council backing.
There will be up to two rounds per year, with the first round due to open in the second half of 2017. A priorities statement will be published setting out the objectives for each round. A panel made up of independent advisors and sector representatives will provide recommendations to the Minister.
Seven panel members will be appointed in due course. The membership will consist of:
- the chair – an independent member with commercial and public policy expertise
- two further independent members with considerable commercial and infrastructure investment experience and an ability to rigorously test proposals. This provides for an emphasis on commercial disciplines
- industry representative to test the impact of, or need for, the project from a tourism business perspective
- local government representative to provide input on practicality and relative priorities of projects
- central government representatives from MBIE and the Department of Conservation to provide public policy perspective and co-ordination with wider tourism-related infrastructure investment, regional economic development objectives, etc.
Local Government New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa have had some involvement in the development of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund. Officials have also drawn on various reports published by the sector over the last few months.
Yes, these funds will be disestablished and replaced with the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
What’s the difference between the new Tourism Infrastructure Fund and the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund it replaced?
The Tourism Infrastructure Fund will cover all of the types of projects eligible under the Regional Mid-Sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.
As the Regional Mid-Sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund did, the Tourism Infrastructure Fund will support the Government’s tourism strategy by investing in core facilities that help attract high-value visitors and ensure they enjoy their stay.
The key differences are:
- different eligibility and assessment criteria
- the Tourism Infrastructure Fund recognizes that tourism growth is at a larger scale than previously anticipated and so it provides an increased $100 million total funding over four years
- each new funding round will have a priorities statement issued by the Minister of Tourism setting out the funding objectives for that round
- applications will be first assessed for eligibility by MBIE in consultation with the Department of Conservation and other agencies where appropriate; and informed by independent financial assessment
- projects will be assessed by a new independent panel consisting of representatives from the tourism industry, local government, central government and the commercial sector.
The Tourism Growth Partnership was a successful partnership between government and the private sector. Through the Tourism Growth Partnership, central government has invested $23.65 million since 2013 in innovative projects designed to increase the productivity of the tourism sector in New Zealand.
With the growth in the sector, visitor-related infrastructure is now a higher priority for government support and the sector is better placed to invest than when the Tourism Growth Partnership was first opened.
The Tourism Infrastructure Fund is one of the initiatives that contributes to the larger Provincial Growth Fund, established in February 2018, because of the close connections between the two. While the Tourism Infrastructure Fund is focused on core tourism infrastructure, the Provincial Growth Fund takes a wider view of tourism as part of growing our regional economies. Application and assessment processes for the Tourism Infrastructure Fund have not changed.