Increased funding to accelerate the growth of Maori Tourism businesses

Increased funding to accelerate the growth of Maori Tourism businesses

The announcement in Budget 2017 of $10 million of new funding over four years will promote and strengthen the Maori tourism sector to be more resilient, says NZ Maori Tourism chief executive Pania Tyson-Nathan, in a media release.

While NZ Maori Tourism will continue to grow M?ori tourism businesses through a range of initiatives, this new funding will:

  • provide support to accelerate the business growth trajectory of emerging Maori tourism experiences;
  • support a Maori tourism programme to ensure cultural quality and authenticity;
  • provide support for incoming and outgoing delegations, to and from existing and emerging markets;
  • leverage Maori story-telling to enhance regional, and inter-regional, tourism.

“Tourism continues to be an attractive industry for Maori and we are seeing a significant increase in interest across the board - from Maori trusts and incorporations, iwi, small to medium enterprises, and whanau start-ups.

“We will continue to work with Maori tourism businesses to ensure they have the appropriate tools to flourish.

“Access to international markets is important for any export business, so we will continue to support and/or provide advice to incoming and outgoing delegations.

“In addition, we will continue to foster relationships that encourage mutually beneficial trade and investment.

“NZ Maori Tourism is encouraged by the growing interest and demand for services in the regions, not only from locals, but from international visitors to New Zealand as well. We look forward to growing the number, and breadth, of authentic Maori cultural experiences on offer in the regions”, says Tyson-Nathan

Posted: Thursday 25 May 2017