Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) has bought the
International Antarctic Centre.
CIAL Chief Executive Jim Boult says he's delighted to be adding
the visitor attraction to the airport's portfolio.
"There is obvious synergy here - Christchurch Airport is the
tourism gateway and the International Antarctic Centre is a
cornerstone of the tourism industry," says Mr Boult.
"The International Antarctic Centre has twice been judged 'Best
New Zealand Visitor Attraction' and visitor feedback and market
research consistently show it is popular and well regarded by
visitors as well as the industry. The International Antarctic
Centre is not only interesting, it's fun - with the Hagglund Ride,
the Antarctic Storm, The Snow & Ice Experience, the NZ Penguin
Encounter and the new 4D motion experience."
Richard Benton has privately owned the International Antarctic
Centre for the past 11 years and has been the driving force behind
much of its innovation.
"It has been a real privilege and honour to lead a team that has
developed a very successful tourism facility and to have been part
of the Christchurch Antarctic community," he says. "The timing is
now right to pass on the reins to the airport company for the next
very exciting stage of the attraction's development."
Jim Boult says the acquisition is in line with the company's
strategic plan to increase non- aeronautical revenues and profit.
Some of this will be achieved through the acquisition and
development of complementary or closely aligned businesses.
Other company initiatives are the continuing development of
Dakota Park freight and logistics precinct and Spitfire
Square, a new retail development which has recently gained
CIAL will take over ownership of the International Antarctic
Centre on December 1, with the attraction's staff offered