Oh dear, an empty trough: Kelvin Davis announces the $400m Tourism Recovery Package has been fully allocated

Latest from the Beehive-

The tourist industry is the biggest beneficiary of government funding distributed as loans or grants from an array of programmes and pots in the past few days.  The $311 million of funding involved has resulted in the $400 million Tourism Recovery Package being fully allocated.

Invitations, meanwhile, have been issued from the Beehive for eligible organisations to come and sup from the Community Resilience Fund.  The second round is now open for applications

” … for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020.”

The fund opened on July 1 for five weeks and the amounts awarded will be decided on a case-by-case basis up to a maximum of $25,000 per organisation.

The funding is part of the $265 million Sports Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020.

Oh – and the rules have been relaxed:

“The criteria has been loosened since the previous round of Community Resilience Fund was allocated, with organisations no longer required to be affiliated to Sport NZ national partners in order to be eligible. The money can also now be used for a broader range of costs including operational and administrative costs,” Grant Robertson said.

Our weekend check on what the politicians have been up to also showed Shane Jones (as Infrastructure Minister on this occasion) has announced the Chatham Islands will receive almost $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture.

The biggest sum involved in this announcement is the provision of $36 million for an infrastructure project to lengthen and strengthen the runway at Tuuta Airport, on Chatham Island.  The new runway will allow larger planes to use the airport, improving connectivity for those living on the island, and for visitors.

 Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced the approval of more than $300 million in funding “to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry”.

This means the $400 million Tourism Recovery Package, a trough announced at Budget 2020, has been emptied – or rather, fully allocated.

The $311 million of funding announced at the weekend includes a mixture of grants of up to $500,000, and loans to support the industry through the uncertainties brought by COVID-19.

The package includes:

  • Over $230 million in grants and loans for 126 strategic tourism businesses, that could help protect the jobs of around 3,000 people directly employed in the industry.
  • $50 million for a Regional Events Fund.
  • $20 million inbound tour operator loan scheme.
  • $10 million to lift digital capability in the sector.

Through the Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme, the Government has approved support for 126 tourism businesses – 18 of them Māori tourism businesses – “that will help secure jobs and boost business at this incredibly tough time,” Kelvin Davis said.

On top of this, $50 million is being invested in a Regional Events Fund, to help drive domestic tourism.

Another $10 million will help tourism businesses develop digital strategies, access digital tools and benefit from the existing Digital Enablement initiatives.

$400 million Tourism Sector Recovery Package announced at Budget 2020:
Initiatives Funds Committed to Specific Projects Total Funds Committed
Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme (STAPP) $286,397,514
Businesses $225,199,818
Māori Businesses $20,997,696
Regional Tourism Organisations $20,200,000
Inbound Tourism Organisations $20,000,000
Tourism Transitions Programme $17,000,000
Digital Capability $10,000,000 $10,000,000
Regional Events Fund $50,000,000 $50,000,000
NZ Māori Tourism $10,000,000 $10,000,000
Department of Conservation Concessions Waiver $25,000,000 $25,000,000
Tourism Futures Taskforce $755,000 $755,000
Total Fund committed $399,152,514

Here’s our list of Beehive press releases since we last provided an update –

3 AUGUST 2020

$10m sport recovery fund open for applications

The second round of the Community Resilience Fund is now open for applications for sport and recreation organisations experiencing financial hardship between 1 July and 30 September 2020.

2 AUGUST 2020

Rakitū Island declared latest predator free island

Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today declared Rakitū Island, off the coast of Aotea/Great Barrier Island, predator free.

Funding to restore significant Māori sites in the Far North

The Provincial Growth Fund is investing $8.75 million to restore significant historic sites at Ōhaeawai in the Far North, upgrade marae and fund fencing and riparian planting.

Big boost for Chatham Islands’ economy

The Chatham Islands will receive close to $40 million for projects that will improve its infrastructure, add to its attraction as a visitor destination, and create jobs through a planned aquaculture venture, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced.

More initiatives to reduce energy hardship

The Government is delivering more initiatives to reduce energy hardship and to give small electricity consumers a voice, Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods said today.

1 AUGUST 2020

Turning the tide for hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin

Government, iwi, NGOs and rehabilitation groups are working together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin following a

Taskforce ready to tackle tourism challenges

The membership of the Tourism Futures Taskforce has now been confirmed, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced at an event at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua today.

Investing in the tourism sector’s recovery

More than $300 million in funding has been approved to protect strategic tourism businesses, drive domestic tourism through regional events and lift digital capability in the tourism industry, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.

31 JULY 2020

Permits to be required for exporting hard-to-recycle plastic waste

From 2021 permits will be required for New Zealanders wanting to export hard-to-recycle plastic waste.

Growth in new building consents shows demand is still high

The building and construction sector is still showing strong growth, with the number of new dwellings consented up more than 8 per cent compared to last year, reflecting a welcome confidence in the Government’s COVID-19 response package, Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa says.

$23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection

Government investment of $23 million for Bay of Plenty flood protection will allow local communities to address long-standing flood risks and provide jobs.

Rotorua benefits from over $62 million boost

Investment for projects that will create hundreds of jobs in Rotorua were announced today.

Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham released

Defence Minister Ron Mark today welcomed the release of the Report of the Government Inquiry into Operation Burnham and related matters, and the Government response.

1BT funds create jobs and lasting benefits

 Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced $6 million of One Billion Trees funding for seven regional initiatives to create jobs and provide long-lasting environmental and economic benefits.

Kawerau projects to receive $5.5 million from Provincial Growth Fund

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters today announced $5.5 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) for two Kawerau projects and says this is a significant boost for the people of Kawerau.

350,000 More Measles Vaccines for Massive Immunisation Campaign

The Government is stepping up the fight against measles and protecting hundreds of thousands more young adults by investing up to $40 million for a year-long measles-catch-up campaign and $23 million

 

 

 

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