New Zealand’s official visitor information network, i-SITE New Zealand welcomes the addition of a new, purpose built i-SITE at Waiouru bringing the total number of i-SITEs nationwide to 80. The new i-SITE located at the National Army Museum officially opened its doors today.
Paul Yeo, Executive Manager of i-SITE New Zealand said, “The co-location of the i-SITE at the Army Museum makes economic sense and is a business model shared by other i-SITEs. The new i-SITE is a win for the Ruapehu district and for i-SITE New Zealand.”
With over 150,000 visitors per year already visiting the Army Museum it’s anticipated the i-SITE will be busy.
“This is a prime location for visitors to pop in before or after taking SH1 through the Desert Road or for advice on alternative routes to lesser-visited destinations,” said Mr Yeo.
“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 enquiries and for every $1 provided in funding, the network returns on average $8.70 in GDP.
“The economic value of i-SITEs is estimated at $146.8 million and demand for visitor information is set to increase as tourism continues to grow. It’s an exciting time for the industry.”
Ruapehu i-SITE Manager Kim Treen said that 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 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,” she said.
i-SITEs aim to support travelling New Zealanders when they holiday around the country and improve the experience international visitors have when here.
As the Waiouru i-SITE opens, another new i-SITE Visitor Centre in Foxton will follow later in the week.
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-SITE Waiouru: National Army Museum, State Highway One & Hassett Drive, Waiouru 4861