Hurunui welcomes government support package for tourism

Today’s announcement from the Economic Development Minister of up to $350,000 in support for tourism in Hurunui is being welcomed by the district .

Hurunui Tourism chair Janice Fredric says the earthquakes have had a significant impact on tourism in the district.

“The closure of State Highway One has really changed things for us. Parts of our district, are now benefitting from the increase in traffic along State Highway 7, but other areas are losing business while the detours are in place.”

Janice Fredric says the government fund will enable Hurunui Tourism to action the Strategic Plans it has established to support the most-affected areas.

“We’re looking at specific campaigns to attract visitors to these areas – this will include showcasing all they have to offer.”

Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley says fortunately, the district has plenty to showcase.

“Hurunui is a stunning part of New Zealand and thankfully many of our core tourism assets came out of the earthquake undamaged – including the the iconic Cathedral Cliffs in Gore Bay, the Waipara Valley and its numerous wineries and, of course, New Zealand’s alpine spa village Hanmer Springs.”

Mayor Dalley says the fund will help restore local economies faster than they would recover without it.

“Tourism has always been an important part of our local economy with Hanmer Springs attracting more than half a million visitors every year. We have so much to offer that we are in no doubt that visitors will return in droves, but this will help us get the word out faster that the Hurunui is undamaged and open for business.”

“The council appreciates the proactive visits of Minister Joyce and the assistance he has provided in finding solutions to the issues we were facing,” concludes Mayor Dalley.