Leading lady: Comedian Michele A'Court will MC this year's Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Business Women's Conference. PICTURE: CHRISTINE O'CONNOR


Queenstown’s Chamber of Commerce is warning Whakatipu women not to fall for online ticket scams ahead of this year’s Business Women’s Conference.

Tickets went on sale on April 6 and sold out within 24 hours, but almost immediately scammers were trying to fob off fake tickets on social media.

Events and marketing manager Rachel Clifford says there were a handful of people offering to sell ‘‘their’’ tickets on social media — which cost $345 for members and $450 for non-members.

‘‘When we looked into them, they clearly didn’t have a ticket because they weren’t on our ticket register,’’ Clifford says.

‘‘We just really didn’t want people to fall for something like that.

‘‘We don’t want people to fork out hundreds of dollars and find out that they have
paid someone who actually didn’t have any right to sell anything.’’

Clifford says they were overwhelmed at the response to this year’s conference — ‘‘it literally broke our website’’ — which includes a line-up of heavy-hitting women from across the country.

Being held at Hilton Queenstown on June 10, the 10th anniversary of the conference will feature 2010 NZ Comedy Guild Awards ‘Female Comedian of the Decade’ Michele A’Court as MC; LGBTQIA+ advocate, the world’s first openly-transgender mayor and MP Georgina Beyer; social entrepreneur and Eat My Lunch & AF Drinks founder Lisa King; author, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Centre of Research Excellence for the Ageing Brain Maori strategic leader Dr Hinemoa Elder; victims of crime campaigner Ruth Money; and Dame Silvia Cartwright, NZ’s first female High Court judge and second female Governor-General.

Clifford: ‘‘We’ve got a couple more surprises to come, so it’s going to get even better.’’