Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

TIANZ calls for tourism infrastructure fund

TIANZ calls for tourism infrastructure fund
March 20, 2016

A Government fund is needed to support communities around the country to respond to tourism opportunities, according to the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIANZ).

TIANZ is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s comments that the Government will consider providing financial aid to small communities that are hosting increasing numbers of visitors.

However, TIANZ Chief Executive Chris Roberts says the issue is much wider than providing toilets and parking areas for freedom campers.

TIANZ is calling for the government to establish a substantial tourism infrastructure fund to ensure New Zealand can rapidly respond to investment needs and ensure the benefits of tourism growth are shared fairly.

Roberts believes that Government investment in infrastructure will boost the contribution tourism makes to New Zealand’s economy.

An infrastructure fund of $50 to $100 million, with strict criteria and targeted at the most pressing and deserving projects, would have a return on investment many times over, supporting the tourism industry to meet its ambitious Tourism 2025 goal of growing total tourism revenue to $41 billion a year.

Roberts explains “New Zealand is welcoming a record number of international visitors this summer. It has been over a decade since we have seen double digit tourism growth and we need to think about how we respond to this high growth environment, both as an industry and as a country.

“The industry has been discussing how we manage the tourism boom and plan for the future for some time, but this has now become a national conversation about the ‘growing pains’ created by this rapid growth.”

It has long been recognised that local councils with small rating bases and high visitor numbers face particular challenges in providing infrastructure and services.

The last tourism boom was in the early 2000s, and in 2005 the Government established the Tourism Demand Subsidy Scheme, to assist communities with small populations and high levels of tourism to afford the costs of upgrading water and wastewater treatment systems.

An $11 million fund, the Scheme received $60 million of applications in the first year. A number of water and wastewater projects were subsidised, including in Hanmer Springs, Paihia, Ohakune and Franz Josef. The scheme was wound up in 2010.

Since then TIANZ has consistently called for government assistance for communities with low rating bases to fund local infrastructure development.

Roberts adds “it is not only councils that need to invest in infrastructure. The Department of Conservation needs support to provide the infrastructure that allows New Zealanders and international visitors to enjoy the conservation estate. There may also be others who need assistance, such as Tekapo’s Church of the Good Shepherd.”

Roberts also believes that providing suitable facilities for freedom camping is part of infrastructure need, but should not be the sole focus.

New Zealand is now receiving 3.2 million international visitors a year. According to MBIE, an estimated 12,000 of those visitors choose free camping as their main type of accommodation. That’s just 0.4% of all international visitors.

Roberts concludes “TIA has already opened discussions with Local Government New Zealand about finding sources of funding for visitor infrastructure, and we are eager to work with central government on this issue.”

Images: Dunedin's St Clair Beach (top) and Chris Roberts (below).

17th March 2016 - INTERNATIONAL TOURISM BUYERS PREPARE FOR TRENZ 2016

7th July 2015 - NEW FOREIGN INVESTMENT STRATEGY TO SUPPORT GROWTH IN NEW ZEALAND TOURISM

22nd May 2015 - NEW ZEALAND BUDGET BACKS TOURISM VENTURES

2nd July 2013 - NEW ZEALAND TOURISM CONTINUES TO INNOVATE


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Aquaspin

AQUASPIN™ - Aqua Cycling Aquaspin™’s sessions have been specially designed by our Master Trainer to be challenging yet fun group cycling sessions. Each session is tailored to…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Wellness

 
 

RHINOPLAY

Rhinoplay offers playground equipment in Australia that is safe, durable, and most importantly fun! We specialise in creating unique indoor playgrounds for play centres and outdoor playgrounds for…

read more

Parks / Play / Surfaces

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

GreeneDesk

Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology

 
 

EventPro

At EventPro Software, we are proudly different from our industry competitors. We have a development-driven culture and 20 years’ experience in event, venue, and catering management software,…

read more

Events / Hospitality / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

HQH FITNESS

HQH Fitness is an international company that specialises in improving the health, fitness and wellness of people everywhere. We are the South Pacific distributors for Total Gym/GRAVITY Education and…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business