Hoteliers desperate for conference centre
14 Jun 2012
Who is Fooling Who?
What is the Exclusive Scoop? surely not that the local tourism Industry have there begging bowls out again and that the Mountain Scene is acting as their principle social worker advocate.
The current situation has quite simply arisen because of the lack of foresight and will by the Queenstown Hotel Industry to diversify and meet perceived conference market demand when they were riding quite comfortably on the back of high volume Group and FIT leisure business and the lowest cost hospitality' wage regime in New Zealand.
It now appears that through the proxy of our local mayor , council and vested business interests operating under the guise of an working party that the ratepayers are being dragged into an untenable situation of having to pick up the tab for the scoping report which undoubtedly will suggest ratepayers give up local body land and underwrite the building and operating costs for a Conference centre for which when the chickens come home to roost the ratepayers will be left holding the baby for.
Having regard to the adverse audit report , GFC and the constrained ability of our small ratepayer base to be further exploited to meet facilities that do not even full with in the local bodies Act, it shows the disregard and how out of touch some people are to be even considering this facility.
We simply have to look at Dunedin to see the adverse long term impact there new stadium and conference centre has had on both local and regional ratepayers including those located in Queenstown with out any appreciable trickle down benefits.
I would suggest that it is a given that the Conference working party is going to recommend a blow the expense state of the art Conference Centre which the Council will no doubt be happy tor underwrite .That the Council make same amount of funds that they recently available to formulate their proposals to allow for an independent report that provides for an balanced cost benefit analysis.That they then put all the facts available both pro and con and put it to a ratepayer referendum.
18 Jun 2012 01:58PM pcleisure
Of course we need a confrence centre
As a frequent visitor to qtn I can't believe you don't have a conference centre , it is an absolute sitter, can you imagine the conferences you would get from Oz, you need to spread the risk, and business confrences are big spenders not on a budget
16 Jun 2012 10:01AM g
If it would make money the hotel chains would build it themselves
If the Hoteliers can see the value in a conference centre then they will pay for it themselves.
We can conclude that since they have not done so yet, and are busy petitioning the council to build one for them that it will not turn a profit.
15 Jun 2012 09:19AM Jack
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