$102 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund announced

This morning Tourism Minister Paula Bennett announced a new $102 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund and another $76 million in new funding for the DOC Estate.

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund will provide $100 million over the next four years in partnership with local councils and other community organisations, for projects like new carparks, toilets and freedom camping facilities.

The Minister will also consider projects like visitor information centres, and feasibility studies for infrastructure projects on a case-by-case basis as part of the fund.

Successful projects will demonstrate value for money and be co-funded by applicants, who will need to show that other funding options have been fully exhausted.

The Fund is made up of $60.5 million in new money from Budget 2017 and $41.5 million in funds which have been reprioritised from the Tourism Growth Partnership and the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund. Of that, $2 million over four years has been provided to manage the fund.

The Minister's media release is located here and a copy of the criteria for the fund is located here.

The tourism infrastructure package Q&A is located here.