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Resort catches coronavirus

A Queenstown businessman says he started the year believing the summer of 2020 would be the best ever for his business. Now he's having second thoughts. Like accommodation providers, retailers and other tourist operators in the resort, he's come to rely...
Only one submission's been received in support of Coherent Hotel Ltd's plans for an eight-storey, six-star hotel at Queenstown's Aspen Grove. City Hall received 50 submissions on the controversial $100 million proposal, pegged for land sloping down from Fernhill's Kamana...

Bed tax battle lines

Two accommodation giants are taking different approaches in the bed tax debate, as a lobby group of local providers up the rhetoric on social media. Airbnb are proving perhaps unlikely allies for Jim Boult, having been under the gun from...

Suburbs sell out to tourism

Commissioners may not think they're having any major bearing on Queenstown's overheated rental market, but applications to operate visitor accommodation have more than tripled in just two years. Queenstown's council received 119 applications to run visitor accommodation in 2017. Last year,...
A Queenstown accountant believes at least a quarter of local Airbnb-type property owners are dodging taxes. "I think it's at least 25 or 30 per cent, if not higher," Tax Central's Murray McClennan says. The problem's exacerbated, he believes, by the...
A new Queenstown housing development will include $1.35 million properties with money-making flats. Mooreliving Homes is building 15 houses on land off Frankton Road, across the road from the planned $10 million-plus Queenstown Marina. Developer Joshua Moore says he'd originally planned...

Nifty ski plea

A skifield operator is appealing to Wakatipu homeowners to house its staff this winter. Queenstown has a dire shortage of worker accommodation. And NZSki is worried hundreds of staff it employs at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables will struggle to find...
Threats of a hefty fine and jail time are flushing out Queenstown's unregistered holiday let owners. In January, City Hall wrote to almost 800 property owners, warning them if convicted they could face a $300,000 fine or two years in...
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