The final bash for New Zealand’s biggest tourism party has gone off without a hitch, despite initial fears.
The exclusive Mall marquee, hosting about 900 delegates from Tourism Rendezvous NZ (Trenz) at Winnies, Tatler and Ballarat St Trading Co, nearly didn’t go ahead on Wednesday night because of local bureaucracy.
Tatler owner Mark Jessop says regulatory body Lakes Environmental told him today that a marquee erected at the bottom of The Mall requires both a building consent and a special liquor licence.
But at the 11th hour, the building consent – understood to be worth $3000 – was approved.
The 21 metre-long, 6m wide marquee was the private farewell party venue for the trade show, which has been running at the Events Centre since Monday morning.
Jessop said earlier he didn’t think the marquee needed a building consent because it’s only a temporary venue and already has a resource consent.
He also thought the bars’ liquor licences, which cover outside dining in The Mall, were sufficient for the venue.
At 5.30pm, LE regulatory boss Lee Webster advised the venue has been granted a special liquor licence and the building consent issue was under consideration.
At last night’s closing function, Destination Queenstown boss Tony Everitt says the event has been a “fantastic successs” with everyone in the local community supporting Trenz.
“Hats off to the Queenstown community, they’ve done a wonderful job.”
Meanwhile, Trenz organiser, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand, will decide on next year’s venue in a month or so, communications manager Ann-Marie Johnson says.
“[Queenstown’s] certainly not out of the running but we are also talking to several [other’ locations around the country.”