The Queenstown Lakes region will likely cop the biggest economic hit in New Zealand from the coronavirus crisis, the area's mayor says.
Queenstown and Wanaka's economies were almost completely reliant on the tourism industry, mayor Jim Boult told about 350 business people in an online update this week.
"Nobody ever told us that our industry would simply be turned off, but that's what happened a couple of weeks ago," he said.
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A struggling tourist destination brought to its knees by Covid-19 will get a $1.4 million funding boost to help people find jobs.
Queenstown Lakes is receiving the funding as part of a $36.72m Government package to help regions hard hit by coronavirus.
Queenstown Lakes District Council economic development manager Peter Harris said the money would primarily be used for redeploying or retraining people who had lost their jobs or had hours reduced.
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