15 Feb 2012

Event bids double last year's number

11:02 am on 15 February 2012

Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development has received double the number of bids it did last year to stage events in the region.

The agency is considering which events, like music or food festivals, it will give grants to.

Funded events would be staged from July this year to June 2013.

Events general manager Rachael Dacy says only $1.9 million is available, but applicants are seeking 10 times that amount.

She says 83 applications have been received and the board is dealing with applications for major events separately.

A list of those receiving grants will be released by May.