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How to apply for funding support

Before you apply for the Business Event Incentive Scheme, please read the information about the scheme (click HERE) then please complete the Application form below.

If you have any questions or need further guidance to complete the form please contact the Southern Lakes Business Development Events office at

Business Events Incentive Application Form

The information contained in your application will be treated as confidential. The material submitted will be treated as “commercially sensitive material” and will be held in confidence. 

1. Contact Details

2. Event Details

(how many years has it been running, where is it typically held, is it an annual event)

Please include Queenstown, Wānaka and/or Central Otago as applicable

If so, for how long

(if known)

(if known)

3. Measure of Visitation Impact

must be a minimum of 75

If so, please provide more detail (eg how many additional nights, pre or post main program, how many delegates)

Must be majority from New Zealand

eg are they your members, employees, dealers, suppliers etc

4. Measure of Financial Impact


(eg social impact etc)

5. Application Details

($150 per actual NZ attendee paid following completion of the event and verification of actual NZ attendee numbers) · Travel expenses to the region AND/OR · Boost delegate numbers through strategic marketing campaigns (public events only) AND/OR · Offset costs which would have otherwise prevented the event from being able to take place in Queenstown, Wānaka or Central Otago (please explain)

6. Further Attachments

Please detail your accommodation, all meals, attractions, activities, transport within region and any other events/ activities completed (Out of region transport includes flights or road transport originating outside of Wānaka, Central Otago or Queenstown)


Event must be at the tendering/research phase of planning. A successful application which meets the above criteria will support the conversion of this event to come to the region.

* Indicates a required field.

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