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The money for New Zealand’s 31 RTOs was to "support the industry’s recovery in the short and long term", Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis said last night.
The money would allow the organisations to "support their local communities and tourism operators, stimulate regional demand, leverage Tourism New Zealand’s national marketing campaign and increase the industry’s capability".
"Overall, the investment will enable RTOs to support the recovery and rebuilding of our tourism sector and encourage more people to explore our regions and discover their own backyard," he said.
Central Otago District Council, Great South, Dunedin City Council and Lake Wanaka Tourism will each receive $700,000; Destination Queenstown will receive $1million; and Destination Fiordland and Clutha Development $400,000 each.