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Scenic World Blue Mountains wins Sydney Harbour Bridge climb attraction contract

Scenic World Blue Mountains wins Sydney Harbour Bridge climb attraction contract
June 15, 2018

NSW's Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has announced that the operators of Scenic World Blue Mountains have won the 20 year NSW Roads and Maritime Services contract to operate a climbing attraction on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Hammons Holdings will replace BridgeClimb Sydney in running the high profile climbing attraction and other tourism activities, with the company saying that it will expand access and affordability was a key priority in its 20-year vision for the Bridge.

The appointment followed a competitive tender process whose participants included national and international entities.

Hammons Holdings Chief Executive David Hammon said they would be drawing on more than 70 years of successful operations at Scenic World to inject new life into the Bridge experience for local, interstate and international visitors.

Hammon stated “it’s a privilege to be entrusted with Bridge tourism operations and we are grateful to the State Government for the opportunity.

“The Bridge is already an iconic structure, recognised around the world. We want to make it a must-see destination for Sydneysiders and visitors to Sydney, regardless of physical or financial restraints. Our experience building Scenic World into one of Australia’s most popular destinations shows that we can drive visitor numbers and increase economic value while respecting unique heritage and environmental values.

“Our vision is to recreate the people’s Bridge – we will be exploring ways to safely expand access to new areas of the Bridge, use innovative technology to bring the Bridge to life, and make its history and connectivity a more central part of the experience.

“We acknowledge the pioneering work of Paul Cave in developing the Bridge into a popular tourist destination and look forward to working in partnership with the Government to build on that work.”

Hammons Holdings has been operating Scenic World, set on a World-Heritage listed site in the Blue Mountains, for more than 73 years.

With a strong safety record achieved in a challenging outdoor environment, Scenic World is now Australia’s most-visited privately-owned attraction, hosting more than one million visitors annually, 60% of whom are international visitors.

Hammons Holdings is also an early-stage investor in Sydney Zoo in Western Sydney and sees that the Sydney Harbour Bridge appointment positions the company to create a corridor of iconic visitor experiences spanning the Bridge, Sydney Zoo and Scenic World.

Images: Sydney Harbour Bridge (top) and Scenic World's skyway attraction (below). 

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8th September 2010 - BRIDGECLIMB FOUNDER HONOURED 

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