Supporting tourism in our regions

More than $20 million has been approved for New Zealand’s 31 Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) to support the industry’s recovery in the short and long term, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

“Our country’s 31 RTOs do a great job contributing to their regional economies and play an important role in supporting the tourism system. In June we announced up to $20.2 million would be available to them, and following the application process, I’m pleased to announce all the RTOs have had their funding confirmed,” Kelvin Davis said.

“The funding will allow RTOs to support their local communities and tourism operators, stimulate regional demand, leverage Tourism New Zealand’s national marketing campaign and increase the industry’s capability.

“Destination management and planning is also a key focus for the RTOs, which is linked to the New Zealand-Aotearoa Government Tourism Strategy.

“Overall, the investment will enable RTOs to support the recovery and rebuilding of our tourism sector and encourage more people to explore our regions and discover their own backyard,” Kelvin Davis said.

Funding amounts by RTO

No.

Regional Tourism Organisation

Approved

1

Northland Inc. Limited

$700,000

2

Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development

$1,000,000

3

Destination Coromandel Trust

$700,000

4

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

$700,000

5

Trust Tairāwhiti Ltd

$400,000

6

Western Bay of Plenty Tourism and Visitors Trust (Operating as: Tāpoi Te Moananui ā Toi | Tourism Bay of Plenty)

$700,000

7

Hawke’s Bay Tourism

$700,000

8

Visit Ruapehu

$700,000

9

Destination Lake Taupō Trust (known as Destination Great Lake Taupō – DGLT)

$700,000

10

Rotorua Economic Development Limited

$1,000,000

11

Venture Taranaki Trust

$700,000

12

Whanganui and Partners Ltd.

$700,000

13

Central Economic Development Agency Ltd (CEDA)

$700,000

14

Destination Wairarapa

$400,000

15

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency Ltd. (WREDA)

$1,000,000

16

Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA)

$700,000

17

Destination Marlborough

$700,000

18

Development West Coast

$400,000

19

Destination Kaikōura

$400,000

20

Hurunui Tourism

$400,000

21

ChristchurchNZ Ltd

$1,000,000

22

ChristchurchNZ Ltd (on behalf of Mackenzie District Council)

$400,000

23

Venture Timaru Ltd T/A Aoraki Development & Tourism

$400,000

24

Tourism Waitaki Limited

$400,000

25

Dunedin City Council

$700,000

26

Lake Wanaka Tourism Inc

$700,000

27

Central Otago District Council

$700,000

28

Destination Queenstown Incorporated

$1,000,000

29

Destination Fiordland Incorporated

$400,000

30

Clutha Development Incorporated

$400,000

31

Great South

$700,000

Total

$20,200,000

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