Leading Queenstown tourism operator Shotover Jet has put paid to recession talk by smashing its annual passenger record.
Shotover jetboats carried 145,337 thrill-seekers in its latest financial year ended June 30 – about 800 up on the previous record.
The information comes from harbourmaster Marty Black’s six-monthly report to a Queenstown Lakes District Council committee meeting this week.
Black says the world-famous red jetboats made 12,114 trips through the narrow canyons of the Shotover River during the 12 months – without a single major incident.
The jetboats ran for 7181 hours, he notes.
With adult tickets at $119 and children at $69, Shotover Jet’s annual revenue is likely to have approached $14 million.
Shotover Jet boss Clark Scott says their business started picking up in April last year.
The record year was helped by good Australian business last ski season, he believes.
“We put it down to the packages that were put to the Australian market and I think the biggest underlying reason was the Aussies got their $900 [Government] handshake and were told to go and spend it.”