Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme (STAPP)

The Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme (STAPP) is intended to protect the assets in the tourism landscape that form the core of our essential tourism offerings to ensure their survival through the disruption caused by COVID-19. Up to $20.2 million in grants has been allocated to the 31 RTOs across New Zealand as MBIE recognises the important role RTOS play in supporting the tourism system.

HWT has been successful in attracting funding from the STAPP on the proviso that we maintain retention of our existing local government funding for the next 12 months.
This funding has been allocated to the three priority areas of investment as outlined by MBIE: Domestic Marketing, Destination Management and Industry Capability & Product Development. This central govt funding will help to make up for the significant shortfall of our usual industry investment from our tourism operators, accommodation providers, tour and transport businesses, suppliers plus the events and venues sector.

HWT’s STAPP funding is tagged 27 projects that have been approved by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) which we need to complete over the next 12 months. Out of the 27 programmes of work we are looking to undertake under the three areas listed above, 11 are collaboration projects with other regions which border the Waikato. Examples include touring route development with Ruapehu and Taranaki, partnering with Auckland on a joint venture campaign, plus rolling out a regenerative tourism programme across the Central North Island.

Download a list of our additional 27 programmes of work

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