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New Zealand to provide TOP$5.2 million for tourism development

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28 January, 2011. New Zealand will provide up to TOP$5.2million over three years to support tourism development in Tonga.

A funding agreement setting out the activities that will be undertake over the next three years was signed today in Nuku'alofa by the New Zealand High Commissioner, Dr Jonathan Austin, Lord Tu'ivakano, Tonga's new Prime Minister, and Hon. ‘Isileli Pulu, Minister of Tourism.

New Zealand's aid programme to Tonga is focused on promoting sustainable economic development. The tourism sector here has enormous potential and New Zealand is committed to helping the public and private sectors boost tourism's contribution to economic development, through increasing income and generating jobs.

New Zealand's assistance will be delivered through the Tongan Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with the private sector. The support will include a Tourism Growth Fund which will be available for local and provincial tourism associations to submit project proposals to help grow tourism particularly in the outer islands.

The funding will support the development of marketing activities, improved licencing and regulation of operators, heritage site development and management, better research to guide marketing and planning, and support for private sector.

This coordinated approach to growing the tourism sector in Tonga has been developed in close consultation with the Government of Tonga and industry stakeholders, and complements New Zealand's existing support for the private sector in Tonga.


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