Eden Project pushes ahead with global expansion
MACQUARIE Point proponent the Eden Project is pushing ahead with its international expansion as its annual report reveals a fourth successive profit.
The UK-based eco-tourism venture, which has proposed an Antarctic-themed experience for Hobart, made a $2.9 million profit, welcoming more than a 2016-17.
The organisation unveiled Eden Project International Ltd in July to push plans at Macquarie Point and in China, New Zealand, North America and the Middle East.
Its first international venture, in the Chinese city of Qingdao, was expected to start before the end of 2017.
Eden’s Hobart attraction is million visitors in in the advanced design stage and representatives of the organisation are due to visit with a business case before the end of the year.
“Eden Project International is continuing to make progress with partners across the world with a view to establishing an Eden Project on every continent except Antarctica,” the annual report says.
The Hobart project is not the group’s only connection with Australia. A Western Australia Garden, sponsored by the state’s tourism body, has recently been added to Eden’s Cornwall domes.
The group’s profit was down from $3.2 million in 2015-16, but it has rebounded from a worst ever loss of $11 million in 2012-13.
The Macquarie Point Development Corporation hopes the Eden proposal will complement a $40 million Antarctic precinct to be commenced within the next five years.
A federal parliamentary committee reviewing Antarctic expenditure toured the 9.3ha site earlier this month.
MPDC chief Mary Massina has met key organisations including the Australian Antarctic Division, CSIRO, IMAS, the Bureau of Meteorology, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the Tasmanian Polar Network.
Eden founder Tim Smit promises a real-life experience.
“It will be in a warehouse, and it could be life-threatening — if you don’t grease up properly and dress warmly enough, the low temperatures and the ferocity of the wind could kill you,” he said earlier this year.