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Selwyn MP Amy Adams is welcoming the opportunity for local organisations to apply for extra funding for new tourism infrastructure in Selwyn.
Applications for the second round of funding under the government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund close in early April.
In 2016 the government set aside $12 million to be spent over four years for tourism infrastructure developments.
“Due to the initial success of this scheme, an additional $5.5 million has been made available for further tourism infrastructure developments,” Ms Adams said.
“This next round of funding could be an excellent opportunity to develop or improve tourism infrastructure in the Selwyn region.
“We need to provide core facilities to support this tourism growth and continue to attract high-value visitors. Such facilities benefit local residents and domestic tourists, as well as our international guests.”
Ms Adams said that in the last round of funding a total of $3 million was allocated to 14 projects.
“This saw the development of important amenities such as car parks, toilets, rubbish disposal and minor water management projects. “Tourism is now a $14.5 billion export earner for New Zealand, with 188,000 people working in the industry. These visitors are incredibly important to our economy, particularly in our regions.”