Two indigenous tourism operators collaborate
Two iconic, indigenous tourism operators are joining forces with the iwi trust that runs Te Puia hosting the boss of Hawai’i’s Kualoa Ranch.
Kualoa Ranch is a 4000 ha outdoor adventure facility and it's also been a set location for a number of blockbuster movies. They are the 11th largest tour operator in the US.
Te Puia who turns over $25 million dollars a year is collaborating with them.
The business has half a million visitors a year with the powerhouse known for its backdrop in films and TV series such as Lost, Jurassic Park and Kong: Skull Island.
Kualoa Ranch turns around $40 million a year employing 300 locals.
John Morgan is of Tainui descent and the CEO of Kualoa Ranch and says through working with Te Puia, they are considering a new project.
“With the Māori people we decided instead of just building a group facility, we're going to build a Hawaiian version of a Māori marae.”
In a few months’ time, Morgan will know when this marae will be built.