Tourism Recovery & Re-Set Plan

The government’s $200m Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan targets 5 communities and the national tourism system. It will provide immediate support for those communities and encourage the tourism sector’s transformation in the long-term.

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan

Business Advisory Support, Advice Implementation Grant, and Tourism Kick-start Fund

The Business Advisory Support, Advice Implementation Grant, and Tourism Kick-start Fund initiatives (The Initiatives) of the Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan is on track to be accessible from the end of August 2021. The initiatives target businesses from the five communities most affected by the loss of international tourism: Westland District, Queenstown Lakes District, Southland District, Kaikōura Distrcit, and Mackenzie District.

The three initiatives are:

  1. $10 million for Business Advisory Support (up to $5,000 per business) to enable businesses to receive expert advice and support, such as whether to change their business to target a different market, down-scale their tourism business, or exit the market.
  2. $10 million in grants for businesses to implement the advice received through the Business Advisory Support fund, or satisfactory alternative provider (up to $5,000 per business).
  3. $49 million Tourism Kick-start Fund to help prepare existing tourism businesses for the return of international visitors. The grant will be calculated based on two weeks of pre-COVID-19 revenue set at two weeks of average revenue for 2019.
    • If your revenue in 2019 was $60,000-$260,000, you would receive $10,000.
    • If your revenue in 2019 was more than $260,000, you would receive two weeks revenue up to a maximum of $50,000.

Eligibility Criteria

A business must:

  1. Be physically based within at least one of the five communities: Queenstown Lakes District, Southland District, Kaikōura District, Mackenzie District, or Westland District.
  2. Be a GST registered business, or GST registered prior to COVID-19.
  3. Be a tourism business, which is defined as a business where at least 50 per cent of its operational output is purchased by tourists (domestic or international), for example: Accommodation, Arts and Recreational Services, Food Services, Transport Services or Retail Trade. This can include service businesses whose output is purchased by tourism businesses.

And in addition for the Tourism Kick-start Fund:

  1. Have engaged in hibernation-like activities, for example: reduced opening hours, level of services, or business capacity due to COVID-19. Compared to 2019, a business must have experienced a drop in revenue of at least 50 per cent on average.
  2. Not have received direct Government tourism support from the Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme(external link).

July 2021 Update

Key activities we are progressing:

  • Recruiting and training the people necessary to administer the initiatives (such as Growth Advisors, Administrators, Accounts Payable, and Risk and Assurance).
  • Developing the systems and processes to run the initiatives, including application forms and guides.
  • Confirming roles and responsibilities, reporting requirements, and funding agreements.

Register your interest

Development West Coast is the Lead Entity for Westland District. The Lead Entity role is to ensure a business receives the support needed for its individual and unique circumstances. Businesses will be able to have a conversation with Lead Entity Growth Advisors about what support is right for them across the three initiatives.

You can register your interest in the initiatives by contacting the Lead Entity responsible for your district:

Development West Coast: westlandsrr@dwc.org.nz