Australia’s ski season is off to a great start with cold and wet temperatures allowing the ski season to start three weeks earlier than its official starting date of 10 June.
“We’re absolutely thrilled the temps have dropped low enough to allow us to start snow-making,” Perisher chief executive Peter Brulisauer said.
“This is one of the earliest starts the resort has ever had,” Perisher spokesperson Neil Thew said.
The Resort will not open all of its facilities until the official starting date and will therefore be offering discounted rates at AUD$30 for an adult and AUD$15 for a child, a typical day pass is AUD$109.
This is good news for the ski tourism market compared to the rest of the Australian Tourism Industry. Due to the strong Australian dollar, Australians are planning their holidays overseas, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, outbound travelers now exceed arrivals by roughly 1.2 million.
This coupled with the devastating floods and subsequent category five cyclone in Queensland has affected foreign tourism arrival numbers to the state’s popular holiday spot.
The Australian government aims to help the tourism industry by pumping AUD$10million in advertising and protect an industry that accounts for 2.6 percent of gross domestic product or AUD$26billion in revenue.