The Queenstown council is making major contributions towards next year’s New Zealand Open golf tournament and Queenstown Winter Festival.
The golf, at Sir Michael Hill’s private course, near Arrowtown, receives $100,000 and the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival $75,000.
Another 17 events, also held between now and June 30 next year, also receive grants or in-kind support from Queenstown Lakes District Council’s events fund.
Also receiving over $20,000 are Challenge Wanaka ($40,000), Queenstown’s Blues and Roots Festival ($28,500), Queenstown’s inaugural NZ Rural Games ($27,731), Queenstown Bike Festival ($25,626) and Motatapu ($21,523).
The other events are The Iron Run ($15,604), Red Bull Defiance ($15,000), Wanakafest ($15,000), Gibbston Wine and Food Festival ($15,000), Arrowtown Autumn Festival ($11,500), Junior Rugby Festival ($8430), Gibbston’s Rabbit Ridge 3-6-12 Hour Race ($7900), Gibbston Summer Concert ($5000) and Outspoken – Festival of Words and Storytelling ($5000).
The council also approved three grants for the 2015-16 financial year – Audi Quattro 2015 Winter Games ($100,000), Queenstown’s Vintage Rugby Carnival and the 2015 NZ Mountain Film Festival.
Mayor Vanessa van Uden says events bring dual benefits: “Events bring thousands of visitors to our community and they also offer locals the chance to see international entertainers and speakers or top-level sports competitions without having to travel themselves.”