The Accelerate25 Lead Team see yesterday’s opening of the Whakapapa Sky Waka Gondola on Mount Ruapehu as incredibly exciting for tourism in the Manawatū-Whanganui Region.
Accelerate25 Lead Team facilitator and Horizons Regional Council chief executive Michael McCartney is thrilled with today’s announcement.
“These opportunities are very exciting, and we welcome Mr Tabuteau’s announcement. Tourism in Ruapehu is a strategic priority for Accelerate25 and we commend the work by central government, Ruapehu district and its communities in further developing these particular projects.”
It’s anticipated this project will create a further 150 jobs, and boost tourism across the central North Island by 500,000 people annually by 2025 and forecast to double regional tourism income to $400 million a year by 2028.
Ruapehu District Mayor Don Cameron can already see the economic benefits of the Sky Waka coming to fruition.
“The Whakapapa Sky Waka Gondola is a success story and already delivering on its promise of increasing visitor numbers and with it greater prospects for economic growth,” says Mayor Cameron.
He is also thankful for the opportunities the new Provincial Growth Funding announcements will provide.
“This new funding will help us to unlock further regional tourism opportunities as identified in the Visitor Development and Accelerate25 action plans while ensuring we do so in a planned way that protects our precious environmental and cultural taonga.”
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