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.”
For further information, please contact Chrissie Morrison, Media and Communications Manager, Horizons Regional Council, on firstname.lastname@example.org , 027 695 9747.
Accelerate25 is a regional economic growth programme that aligns people, policy and funding in priority areas to drive growth and create a more prosperous Manawatū-Whanganui Region by 2025. Led by a governing Lead Team representing business, iwi, central government and seven local territorial authorities, Accelerate25’s aim is to realise the opportunities and enablers identified in the Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan.
In addition to the Action Plan, a complementary document called Te Pae Tewhiti outlines how Māori business will be known in our region for building capabilities, sustainable use of the environment, being innovative and adaptive, and reflective of Te Ao Māori.
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