New contract awarded for tourism activities on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
15 June 2018
After almost two decades, the contract for tourism activities on the Sydney Harbour Bridge will change hands ushering in a new era for the historic landmark.
Hammons Holdings Pty Ltd, the operators of Scenic World in the Blue Mountains, the most-visited privately-owned tourist attraction in Australia, have been awarded a 20-year contract to operate the internationally renowned Sydney Harbour bridge climb attraction.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said this is a game changing opportunity that will lead to both enhanced and new experiences for the thousands of tourists who visit the attraction each year.
“Hammons Holdings outlined a strong and clear vision for developing new climb routes, improving accessibility and introducing new technologies for a more interactive and innovative visitor experience,” the spokesperson said.
“The Government is excited to be ushering in a new chapter for what is one of Sydney’s, if not Australia’s, most iconic structures.
“This was a highly competitive process with 13 expressions of interest received from Australian and international tenderers of the highest quality.
“Hammons Holdings is a third-generation, family-owned Australian business with a 73-year proven track record in developing and operating iconic tourism attractions. Their experience will ensure value for the taxpayers of NSW and a great experience for visitors to Sydney.
“We would like to thank the existing operator, BridgeClimb, for bringing the original experience to life nearly 20 years ago.
“Since 1998, millions of people have visited the bridge climb attraction and their foresight helped turn the Sydney Harbour Bridge into the internationally renowned attraction it is today.”
David Hammon, Director of Hammons Holdings, said the company was excited by the prospect of expanding opportunities for international, interstate and local visitors to experience the Bridge while providing a financial return to the people of New South Wales.
“Underpinning our vision for the Bridge is the idea of improving accessibility for the public and bringing it to life with new technology, so that more visitors can experience this iconic landmark in a safe and sustainable way,” Mr Hammon said.
“We also see potential to link the Blue Mountains and Sydney Harbour Bridge as tourist destinations, boosting the flow of visitors from one to the other and creating economic opportunities for western Sydney and the State in the process,” he said.
The new contract term will start from 1 October 2018.
To ensure a smooth handover, Roads and Maritime Services is working with BridgeClimb and Hammons Holdings to ensure forward bookings continue with the attraction operating on a business as usual basis.
Tickets purchased prior to 1 October 2018 will remain valid for the date booked.
For more information visit hammonsholdings.com.au or for stakeholder and ticketing inquires please contact the Hammons Holdings enquiry line on 1800 955 000.