Tourism giant snaps up major resort player

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Queenstown-based tourism giant Skyline Enterprises is purchasing sightseeing and adventure trip company Totally Tourism.
 
The two companies have entered a sale and purchase agreement which will take effect on Wednesday if conditions are met, a statement released today (Monday) says. 

Queenstown couple Mark and Jackie Quickfall established Totally Tourism in 1999 and have built it into a successful network of interconnected tourism businesses. It’s iconic tourism brands include Helicopter Line, Mitre Peak Cruises, Milford Sound Scenic Flights, Queenstown Combos, Challenge Rafting, Harris Mountains Heli-Ski, Air Fiordland, Wanaka Flightseeing and Glacier Helicopters. 

Quickfall, also the chairman of resort promotions body Destination Queenstown, will continue with Totally Tourism following settlement. 

However, a new general manager of the company will be appointed, leaving Quickfall to focus on its strategic direction and relationship management, the statement says. 

Skyline Enterprises chairman Ken Matthews says the Totally Tourism businesses are well-established operations which will enable Skyline to expand throughout Aoraki Mt Cook, the West Coast, Southern Lakes and Fiordland. 

“Skyline is about providing world class leisure and entertainment experiences and these companies offer us a range of new opportunities to deliver this promise in the tourism sector,” Matthews says. 

Matthews adds Skyline is delighted to retain Quickfall’s expertise. 

“Totally Tourism will continue to operate without any discernable change,” Matthews says. 

Quickfall says he’s comfortable passing ownership to Skyline, which has similar values and a complementary culture to Totally Tourism. 

“Jackie and I have enjoyed developing Totally Tourism over the past 12 years. We’re confident that Skyline has the resources and skills to take these businesses to the next level.”