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Tourism Support Package

In the May 2020 Budget, the Government announced a $400m tourism package to support the industry recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The package includes:

Tourism Transitions Programme

This programme will deliver advice and support for either pivoting a business towards the domestic and Australian market, hibernating a firm, or other options. Businesses interested in finding out more about what support may be available to them, or in registering their interest for support, should visit the Tourism Advisory Support Services page on the Qualmark website.

Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme

The Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme (STAPP) is intended to protect the assets in the tourism landscape that form the core of our essential tourism offerings to ensure their survival through the disruption caused by COVID-19.  The programme will also consider assets that are culturally and historically significant. Eligibility criteria and the options for support to safeguard strategic assets through this programme are in development and will be considered by the Tourism Recovery Ministers Group in early June. A strategic asset will likely be:

  • nationally and/or internationally recognised,
  • a key attraction for New Zealand or a region, and
  • one without which, visitation to the region would be significantly diminished

A business can register its interest here.