The General Manager has issued a notice about passenger numbers for 2017
Total Passengers – which includes, fare paying passengers (pre-book and on the day), Annual Pass Holders, Shareholders and Working Members were 240,686 in 2017 compared with 252,300 the previous year.
We were expecting a lower passenger number in 2017 because we had the ‘one off’ special event Pacific Power in autumn 2016 which attracted 14,000 passengers.
The 2017 Autumn Gala attracted 5,357 passengers in 2017 some 8,643 below Pacific Power.
The weather played a part with snowfall causing the cancellation of 4,000 passenger visits on Sunday 10th December (Santa Specials).
Our usual timetabled passenger numbers from October through the December Festive season were also affected by the weather and in total were 1,893 lower than budget.
If these negative variances are added back in to the 2017 numbers we would have finished ahead of 2016.