Waiheke Tourism Initiative needed

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Attracting tourists to Waiheke Island during winter has been identified by tourism operators as a priority in boosting the local economy says Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central.

 “We know that the majority of visitors head to Waiheke over summer, but we need to keep that momentum going over the cooler months.  The island still has a lot to offer as a destination, and local businesses are keen to welcome visitors when the temperatures drop.

“I was really pleased to show the Associate Minister of Tourism, Hon Todd McClay, around Waiheke over the weekend, meet with local tourism operators and see what they have on offer” says Nikki Kaye.

“I think a number of operators will support a Waiheke Tourism Initiative that could apply for funding as a group to help boost tourist numbers in the off-season.

“The Government’s Tourism Growth Partnership has made available over four years $32 million to support innovative projects, create new opportunities and overcome barriers to growth in the tourism sector.

“It is a co-investment programme – for each project approved for investment, the Government will provide up to 50 per cent of the required funding.

“As the local MP for Auckland Central I am very happy to support a Waiheke Tourism Initiative, and will be hosting a meeting on 14 June, 2.30 pm at the Ostend Hall to discuss next steps with local tourism operators.

“We also need to consider current infrastructure and transport arrangements in the off-season, and what would need to be put in place to meet demand.

“I look forward to working with local tourism operators to showcase to visitors the best of Waiheke over winter. 

“If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact my office on 378 2088 or mp.aucklandcentral@parliament.govt.nz.”