Rotorua Lakefront will be given a 55 million face lift as part of government efforts to unlock the region’s tourism potential.
The project, which includes upgrades to the lakefront and Whakarewarewa Forest, will be jointly funded through a $27.4 million Provincial Growth Fund grant and matched Rotorua Lakes Council spending.
The government has committed to investing $3 billion over three years in New Zealand’s regional economic development through the growth fund as it aims to lift productivity in the provinces.
Its stated priorities are to ‘enhance economic development opportunities, create sustainable jobs, enable Māori to reach full potential, boost social inclusion and participation, build resilient communities, and help meet New Zealand’s climate change targets’.
“The redevelopment of the Lakefront will include building new boardwalks, walkways, cycle ways, event infrastructure, more car parking, landscaping and an improved visual connection between the city and the lake,” said government spokesperson Fletcher Tabuteau.
“An improved access road, a cycleway from the park to the city, and visitor centre will be created at Whakarewarewa Forest.
Once completed, the redevelopment is expected to attract significant investment in Rotorua’s tourism and hospitality and lead to the creation of hundreds of new jobs.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa, meanwhile, is making a hospitality investment of a different kind.
Tourism students planning their final year of study in 2019 are invited to apply for two $4000 scholarships through the peak representative body.
The Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust academic scholarships are open for applications until 11 October 2018 and are designed to help young Kiwis complete their final year of tourism-related tertiary study and prepare them for a “fantastic career” in the industry.
Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents studying a tourism-related course at an NZQA-accredited tertiary institute and about to begin their final year of study.
The scholarships comprise:
- a $2500 payment towards the recipient’s final year of study in a tourism-related tertiary course
- attendance at the Tourism Summit Aotearoa (including travel costs and accommodation)
- a day of placement and networking with Wellington-based tourism operators and organisations
- assistance from TIA to meet tourism operators and organisations from the successful applicant’s region.
The academic scholarships were introduced in 2015 to support New Zealand students working towards study in a tourism-related field.
“The tourism industry offers a huge range of jobs and career pathways to young people, and positions are available in every region, often in locations where few other opportunities exist,” says Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts.
“Whatever your passion, you can have your career in tourism. And for the sustainable success of our industry, we need to attract talented young people.”
Interested students can find more information at tinzt.org.nz