5 Jun 2020

Discover Waitomo given $4m in funding

From Morning Report, 8:47 am on 5 June 2020

There's been good news and bad for key players in the tourism sector this week. The government has announced support for strategic tourist assets.

It will provide $4m to Discover Waitomo and up to $20.2m for New Zealand's 31 regional tourism organisations.

Meanwhile, early modelling from Infometrics shows the GDP of tourism hotspot Queenstown declining by almost a quarter and close to 8000 jobs being lost in the coming year.

Grant Webster is chief executive of Tourism Holdings, which owns Discover Waitomo.

He's also co-chair of a new public-private tourism taskforce.

He speaks to Kim Hill.