Queenstown promoters mum after quake city loses RWC

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Destination Queenstown says it’s “too early to speculate” on the impact on local tourism after Christchurch lost Rugby World Cup hosting rights today.

Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully announced this afternoon that the earthquake-ravaged city will lose seven games due to damage at the AMI Stadium and its playing field, plus a large number of hotels.

Christchurch’s two quarter-finals have been shifted to Auckland but a decision is yet to be made on where the five pool matches will be played. McCully hopes some will remain in the South Island.

DQ spokeswoman Jen Andrews says the tourism promotions agency will be in a “holding pattern” till the end of March, when the pool games decision is expected to be made.

“We are very disappointed for Christchurch but we’ll need to wait until the final decision’s been made about how the rest of the pool games are going to be divided to really assess what this means for Queenstown.”

Andrews wouldn’t be drawn on whether DQ’s worried about the situation for the resort.

“It’s a wait-and-see at this stage, it’s too early to speculate.”

Queenstown is scheduled to host England, Ireland and Romania for training during the Rugby World Cup in September.