BridgeClimb Sydney loses out on contract after 20 years in business
BridgeClimb Sydney had held the exclusive rights for the last 20 years, with the Roads and Maritime Services putting the new contract up for tender at the end of last year.
Founder Paul Cave pitched the idea of climbing the bridge over two decades ago, and has since built up one of Sydney’s most successful tourism activities that is on almost every international inventive groups’ itinerary.
BridgeClimb has summited four million climbers from over 140 countries since opening in October 1998, and has an unblemished safety record, without one serious injury in 20 years.
Cave praised his 1500 team members for their individual achievement in creating a globally renowned tourism experience and thanked all of BridgeClimb’s business and tourism agency partners for their support.
“It has been a privilege for us to make a hero of the Bridge, and of every climber on every climb,” he said. “We will continue to create unforgettable memories until our final climber.
“Our team have worked tirelessly to deliver the ultimate experience of Sydney. Every one of our past and present team can hold their heads high on what we have created together. The team and our customers are our immediate priority.”
For all customers booked up until September 30, BridgeClimb will be climbing as usual. For any customers with climb bookings after that date, BridgeClimb will be in contact when there is further clarity regarding these bookings.
The bidding process attracted some major rivals, with a list of domestic and international tourism and entertainment operators looking to takeover what has become a significant money maker.
BridgeClimb charged up to $378 for a ticket to scale the bridge’s southern arches, delivering almost $20 million in payouts to them in a little over a year.
Among the other bidders was Zipline Australia, Scenic World, Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure and theme-park heavyweight Merlin Entertainments.
The new contract is expected to be for 20 years.