Economic Development

We approved funding for projects in the areas of education, business incubation, tourist data and sustainability with its 2017/18 Economic Development Fund.

The four initiatives supported were:

  • Study Queenstown to boost international student numbers in the district - $50,000 to Study Queenstown
  • Business incubation to support businesses with high growth potential - $25,000 to CreativeHQ
  • Insights into visitor demographics to help with targeted marketing - $20,000 to Wherewolf
  • Support for tourism operators to capitalise on the sustainable visitor market - $20,000 to the Sustainable Business Network

If you missed out on the application process but have a great project idea that you think will benefit the district, please get in touch!  There are other funding sources or support options out there!  

About the Fund

The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that will foster emerging industries, support existing businesses and help entrepreneurs launch innovative business ideas.

Please read the application criteria then discuss your application with Economic Development Manager Peter Harris prior to submitting an application.   

Peter Harris - QLDC Economic Development Manager or phone 027 230 9971.




An Economic Development Strategy for the district was adopted back in 2015 to provide a long term economic vision.  

The Vision

Economic Development that that protects and enhances our district's unique environment.  A higher value and more diverse economy - higher value jobs and industries, higher quality urban environments.   

The Strategy

 Read the Queenstown Lakes District Economic Development Strategy here