Waitaki MP and Small Business Minister Jacqui Dean said it was exciting to see the development in businesses around Cromwell on the back of strong population and tourism growth.
On recent visit Mrs Dean said she was impressed with the activity and the positivity that could be felt in the town.
“Cromwell is on a roll, with several businesses undergoing expansion or redevelopment on the back of more people moving to the area and increasing tourism numbers.
"The business owners I spoke to are excited about the future. They have noted the positive trends in recent years and are confident about investing in their businesses and in the Cromwell community.
“They agree that they’re seeing more tourists and that the increase in visitors has encouraged them to grow their own businesses.
“I just think this is so exciting for them, for the community and for the economy of the area.”
Mrs Dean visited the new Lake Dunstan Pharmacy, which opened in May on the back of the area’s growing population and increasing tourist numbers.
“Cromwell is on the map. People are talking about it and coming here to live, or to visit, and it’s great to see small business owners reaping the benefits,” she said.
Mrs Dean also visited Misha Vineyard’s new tasting room, which opened in March.
“While the vineyard currently exports to 20 markets, they tell me they’re also now keen to focus on the domestic market and say that there are enough tourists and visitors coming through Cromwell for them to justify that.”