Rotorua MP Todd McClay says a further $1.4 million of Government funding has been secured for two local tourist attractions and describes the announcement as another important win for the region’s tourism industry.
“The people of the Rotorua region work extremely hard to offer tourists the experience of a lifetime when they visit and it’s great to see the Government is taking the right steps to invest in and futureproof this vital industry,” Mr McClay says.
Rotorua Canopy Tours will receive $810,000 for a new 3km long guided zip-line canopy tour experience through native forest, it will also offer night time tours for star-gazing. While Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter will receive $630,325 for a new state-of-the-art all-weather all-seasons kiwi facility. The money comes from the Government's contestable fund called the Tourism Growth Partnership.
“It’s been a big couple of weeks for our city, along with all the funding announced we’ve seen the latest tourism statistics confirm just how strongly our industry is growing,” Mr McClay says.
The announcement is the latest in a series of investments in the region including $1.7 million for Crankworx, $1.5 for the upcoming Mud Festival, $2.5 million for Te Puia and $320,000 for the new night-time light show at the Redwoods.
“As the popularity of our region continues to increase it is important that our attractions and infrastructure grow to support the demand,” Mr McClay says.
“That’s why it’s fantastic that we’ve also seen $41 million announced for roads and cycleways recently, more than $40 million spent on broadband and an extra $15 million for our DHB last year.”
“Tourism is now this country’s biggest earner and the consistent growth of the industry is testament to the world-class experience that cities and regions like Rotorua are able to offer with the right support.”