Got an eye for Queenstown


A big-spending conference group have praised one of Queenstown’s newest hotels as among the best in Australasia. 

The Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons brought 300 delegates to the Wakatipu for their four-day annual conference last week, basing themselves at the Hilton Queenstown hotel in the Kawarau Village. 

The conference took over two valet parking floors and a third-floor loading bay, transforming them into themed areas with interactive booths and a movie complex. 

Society president Graeme Barrett says the Hilton, opened last year, is a unique Queenstown property that’s head and shoulders above anything in Australia or New Zealand. 

“We really appreciated their flexibility,” he says. 

“And of all the wonderful places we have been to, Queenstown would be my favourite. There’s a bit of resistance when we want to take a meeting offshore even though NZ is part of the society. There’s a fair bit of faith put into letting us do it but it’s such a spectacular place.” 

Hilton Queenstown marketing and communication boss Rosie Turner says they made alternative valet parking and loading bay arrangements during the conference. 

“We were thrilled we were able to accommodate them and exceed their expectations. They have an international conference every year and were expecting international quality professionalism.” 

Australian company Corporate Communique put the conference together with help from Queenstown’s Peak Displays and Display Works, Dinamics, TomTom Productions and Shipleys.