New Zealand withholds $8 million tourism investment for Tonga


New Zealand said tourism aid to Tonga will remain suspended until safety concerns about a Chinese-made aircraft gifted to the tiny South Pacific nation are resolved.

A planned tourism support program worth $8 million (NZ$10.5 million) over three years was put on hold earlier this year after the New Zealand-run Chathams Pacific airline announced it was pulling out of Tonga, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said in a statement. It will remain on hold until safety concerns about a Xian MA60 aircraft gifted to Tonga by China are resolved, he said.

via New Zealand withholds $8 million tourism investment for Tonga – Skift.