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Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC

Posted: 11 Jul 2018, 17:35
by T2
It looks like the cottage industry that is canyon guiding in the Blue Mountains is about to get a major shake-up, with Australia's largest adventure travel company (World Expeditions Travel Group) buying Blue Mountains Adventure Company.

World Expeditions currently run trips out of Alice Springs, Darwin and Launceston, as well as a range of international adventures, but this will be their first foray into the Blue Mountains. Some of their other brands include: UTracks, Tasmanian Expeditions, Adventure South, Great Canadian Trails, Australian Walking Holidays, World Youth Adventures, Huma Charity Challenge, Trail Journeys, Sherpa Van, Sherpa Expeditions.

I've attached the media release, but they talk up their desire to continue with BMAC's specialisation in canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling and bushwalking. They also highlight the fact that the acquisition will give World Adventures a Katoomba office and that “there’s enormous potential to grow the business".

It'll be interesting what the resources of a major company do to the local canyoning industry. I imagine we'll see a lot more promotion of commercial canyoning, which will likely mean more commercial groups in popular canyons and potentially a push to be allowed to operate in more canyons.
MEDIA RELEASE WETG and BMAC.pdf
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Re: Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC

Posted: 11 Jul 2018, 19:19
by dyl_jo
The NPWS maintain strict control over the number of commercial parties that are permitted in any canyon on any given day (and in fact this control extends to maximum numbers for any week, month or year. Eg. Whungee Wheengee currently is only permitted to have only one commercial party per day and a maximum total of two commercial parties per week). And in the case of Empress and Grand canyon the control extends down to the nearest 30 minutes.
A change of ownership and marketing practices should not impact on the number of commercial parties in any of the "popular canyons" as these are already often at capacity (according to NPWS commercial permits at least) much of the time.
Additionally, commercial operators are already licensed to go to far more canyons than they already access. The realities of commercial viability and customer demand (or ability!) will likely dictate that the other canyons remain infrequently accessed.
But yes, it will be very interesting to see what unfolds!
(Full Disclosure: I am the Dylan Jones who remains as manager of BMAC, as mentioned in the media release)

Re: Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC

Posted: 06 Dec 2018, 13:44
by DaveJones
I'm surprised it's taken this long actually.
Although there can't be a lot of money in adventure guiding, especially with the limited numbers.

Re: Largest Aussie adventure travel company to run canyoning in Blue Mountains after buying BMAC

Posted: 06 Dec 2018, 13:48
by DaveJones
Probably good for the guides, as they might be moved to other places during the down season.