Doors open at new Waiouru I-SITE
The new I-SITE located at the National Army Museum officially opened its doors on Monday making it the 80th site in the country.
With over 150,000 visitors per year already visiting the Army Museum it’s anticipated the I-SITE will be busy.
Executive manager of I-SITE New Zealand, Paul Yeo,said the co-location of the I-SITE at the Army Museum makes economic sense and is a business model shared by other I-SITE’S making it a win for the Ruapehu district.
‘‘This is a prime location for visitors to pop in before or after taking SH1 through the Desert Rd or for advice on alternative routes, to lesser-visited destinations.
Ruapehu I-SITE manager Kim Treen, said there was real excitement about being part of the National Army Museum.
‘‘Being located at the gateway to the Central Plateau museum visitors will be able to get expert local advice for all of the Ruapehu sub-region as well [as] book travel, accommodation and experiences for Ruapehu and anywhere else around New Zealand.
‘‘Having the trained I-SITE staff and systems within the National Army Museum and being able to provide these services on the spot will significantly enhance the visitor experience for everyone’s benefit,’’ Teen said.
Yeo said it was an exciting time for the industry as the demand for visitor information is set to increase as tourism continues to grow.
‘‘I-SITES are in the business of providing trusted information for all visitors. They encourage international and national visitors to try out new places and experiences as they travel around the country.
‘‘Each year I-SITES collectively manage more than eight million visitor enquires and for every $1 provided in funding, the network returns on average $8.70 in GDP.’’
Each I-SITE Visitor Information Centre throughout New Zealand is individually owned and operated.
Collectively, the I-SITES receive around 8 million visits from travellers seeking independent advice about where to go and what to do in a region and handle $64 million worth of activity and accommodation bookings for the tourism sector.
I-SITES aim to support travelling New Zealanders when they holiday around the country and improve the experience international visitors have when here.