Travel to a thriving future has been developed as an output of the Spatial Plan developed by Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) with the support of Government in 2021.

The governance structure for the Spatial Plan includes representatives from QLDC, the Crown, Kāi Tahu, and Otago Regional Council. For the implementation of Travel to a thriving future, the governance structure is as follows: 


An independent governance group and the destination management group (DMG) enable this plan’s implementation. The governance group consists of executives from partnership organisations and independent thinkers. Their role is to provide oversight to ensure alignment between Travel to a thriving future and the Spatial Plan. The independent governance group will be responsible for establishing priorities, securing funding and ensuring strong performance against approved plans.

The DMG is a collaboration of partner organisations: Destination Queenstown, Lake Wānaka Tourism, and QLDC, as well as Kāi Tahu and the Department of Conservation, who will fully join this partnership during implementation. This partnership will assign project responsibilities to task forces, oversee progress, and engage with the community to fulfill the projects and achieve the plan’s objectives. 

Task forces

The DMG will assign a task force to implement each project. During the project’s first 90 days, the task force will present its implementation plan to the DMG, including it recommended actions, KPIs and SMART targets. This governance structure will be finalised in year one as the objectives of the plan are further prioritised, implementation begins and funding is sought.

Residents, visitors, businesses and partners

There are opportunities throughout the plan for community members and visitors to provide input. The partners and task forces will consult with these stakeholders to ensure environmental and community priorities remain at the forefront.

Te Taiao (Environment) and Hapori (Community)

Regenerative tourism requires a community mindset. All the activities stemming from Travel to a thriving future respect the boundaries and needs of the natural world and local residents.

Governance Diagram - DMP



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