• Patrick McBride

Critical support for tourism

31 Regional Tourism Organisations receive help to position the sector for recovery from COVID-19, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

A quieter than normal Punakaiki

PHOTO: Patrick McBride

Development West Coast's Regional Tourism Manager, Jim Little was pleased to hear the announcement that up to $20.2 million was being distributed to 31 RTOs across New Zealand.

Minister of Tourism, Kelvin Davis said this investment will enable the regions to implement Destination Management and planning, along with other projects to support their regional tourism industry.

”The industry has been asking for this throughout my discussions with them. We’re investing in RTOs because they play an important role in supporting tourism. The restart, recovery and rebuilding of the sector will depend on capable and well-resourced regional organisations to lead and coordinate activities alongside the industry, stakeholders, Māori and communities,” Davis said.

Little who is on the board had been lobbying the government for help.

"It's really fantastic news, Council's have reduced their support and in some cases funding has disappeared altogether, so it will help"

He believes there will be benefits across the region and in particular the smaller operators.

"This will enable us to market the area for domestic travel in the first instance and then target the Australian market, once the boarders are opened back up," Little told McBride Vision.