Rocket tourism studied

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Work is continuing on the launch site for the Rocket Lab project on Mahia Peninsula.
Work is continuing on the launch site for the Rocket Lab project on Mahia Peninsula.

More research should be done into the tourism spin-off from the establishment of a Rocket Lab at Mahia Peninsula, Hawke's Bay Regional Council's Corporate and Strategic Committee says.

Auckland-based company Rocket Lab is proposing to launch medium-sized rockets to deliver low orbit satellites for both commercial and government customers.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council agreed to co-ordinate and part-fund a scoping study to research tourism opportunities around rocket launches.

Funding also came from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Hawke's Bay Tourism, Wairoa District Council, and Gisborne District Council/Activate Tairawhiti.

The study found while observing rocket launches is likely to attract some additional tourists, it is difficult to quantify how popular it will be.

An inter-agency steering group has been recommended to oversee and monitor the initial activity and undertake further market research.

The committee is recommending the council contribute up to $20,000 to fund further market research on the rocket tourism and related infrastructure challenges and opportunities. The recommendation will go to the full council for confirmation later this month.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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