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Tourism sector to learn details of $400m fund tomorrow – Davis

3 Jun 2020  By Staff Reporter | | @tourismticker

Tourism businesses will learn more tomorrow about the targeting of the $400m allocated to the sector as part of Budget 2020, says tourism minister Kelvin Davis.

In an interview with TVNZ’s Breakfast programme, Davis said the Government would be making a number of announcements tomorrow, which he described as “getting money out the door”.

Kelvin Davis speaking to One News

Tourism operators would be able to see exactly what the Government’s $400m Tourism Response Fund was for, he said.

“The $400m is to help businesses transition and protect our strategic assets.”

Davis said a number of tourism businesses had already registered for support.

He said he had also been having frequent conversations with numerous tourism business owners and leaders in recent weeks during lockdown about re-imagining the future of tourism.

“We have a tourism futures taskforce being established, made up of people from the sector to have those conversations to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes of the past, so we don’t risk our social licences as a tourism industry.

“People are focused on their survival and their livelihoods and that’s totally understandable… that’s why Government has put in place billions of dollars to support business,” Davis said.

“But we’ve said from the outset, not every business will survive or every job.”

Davis also defended himself against criticism about a lack of clear communication.

He said he had been involved in 15 online discussions with about 5000 people from the industry, “so there has been a lot of communication and that will continue”.

He added a lot of work had gone into supporting tourism and now that travel restrictions had been eased, ministers would be able to get out and around the country more to see what is happening.


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