15 August, 2008Â
Karori Sanctuary, one of New Zealand’s leading conservation tourism attractions, has won a prestigious conservation tourism award
The Sanctuary won the prestigious DOC Conservation in Action Award at the recent New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards.
Karori Sanctuary by CEO Nancy McIntosh-Ward is delighted with the win.
“This award recognises our contribution to New Zealand’s growing sustainable tourism industry and our achievements in managing the Sanctuary as both a visitor attraction and an internationally-respected ecological restoration project”
Located just 10 minutes drive from downtown Wellington, Karori Sanctuary gives a unique opportunity to engage with endangered native birds and other wildlife. A new Visitor and Education Centre is currently under construction, and due to open in the summer of 2009/10.
The new state-of-the-art Centre will be New Zealand’s first facility dedicated exclusively to our country’s unique natural history and conservation story.
Research indicates that in the first three years of the Centreâ€™s operation, visitors to the Karori Sanctuary will increase almost three-fold from 70,000 to nearly 200,000.
â€œThe Centreâ€™s potential impact on Wellingtonâ€™s international visitor market is significant. If 30,000 international visitors spent another night here because of the Karori Sanctuary, that would mean another $4.5 million per year being spent in Wellington.â€
Positively Wellington Tourism has worked closely with Karori Sanctuary on the designs and plans for the Visitor and Education Centre. A key focus has been how the Centre will deliver a world-class visitor experience, through its design elements and layout.
â€œWe have been excited by what weâ€™ve seen, throughout the planning process,â€ says Tim. â€œThe Centre will offer a unique visitor experience with its combination of nature, story-telling and interactive technology. Iâ€™m confident the Wellington tourism industry and public will be as excited about this Centre as we are.â€