A recent announcement of a $14.9 million government investment in tourism infrastructure will help regions benefit from the growth in tourism, Tourism Industry Aotearoa has said.
$14.2 million of the spending comes from the $25 million a year Tourism Infrastructure Fund, while $700,000 is going towards cycle trail maintenance.
TIA chief executive Chris Roberts said the funding will help communities provide fantastic experiences for both New Zealand and international visitors. Another $10.7 million is expected to be available in a second funding round in early 2018.
“TIA is strongly encouraging councils to put in applications to the next funding round. Councils should take advantage of the opportunity to secure investment into good projects that will support the growth of tourism,” Mr Roberts said.
Mr Roberts is a member of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund panel which considered the applications and made recommendations to the minister.