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By GUY WILLIAMS An accommodation sector lobby group’s calling for a debate on curbing future growth of the residential visitor accommodation (RVA) market. The Lakes District Accommodation Sector group, which represents about 110 businesses across the Queenstown Lakes, wants City Hall...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Inland Revenue (IRD) is cutting some slack for landlords moving homes or rooms from Airbnb-type platforms to long-term rentals. The short-term rental market took a dive when inbound tourism was shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many landlords...
By PHILIP CHANDLER When Queenstown's tourism economy stopped overnight in March, so did income for thousands of those renting out homes or rooms on Airbnb-type platforms. Anecdotally, many of these landlords, especially those dependent on that income, switched their homes/rooms into...
By GUY WILLIAMS The first build at Arrowtown's Arrowfields subdivision will start this week. Stonewood Homes Queenstown sales boss Emily Wills says it's the first company to get building consent for the 20-lot development off McDonnell Road. Council issued titles in March, just...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Being stuck in tropical Mexico might sound exotic, but a 34-year-old Queenstowner battling terminal cancer hasn't had a choice. After being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, Jacob Macak and his wife, Lilia Rossana, flew to Mexico in March...
By PHILIP CHANDLER In the face of the tourist industry's Covid-19-induced implosion, a Queenstown-based tourism broker's delighted he's just been given extra firepower to do his job. Simon Haslett's worked in the region for Resort Brokers for the past five years, but...
With Queenstown's accommodation industry being hugely hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and border closure, the Airbnb sector which so many locals have got in to, to earn some spare coin virtually disappeared overnight. Many have speculated this sector won't come back, but two Airbnb...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A long-time Queenstown realtor believes the local property market will ride out the Covid-19 pandemic relatively unscathed. Harcourts Queenstown principal Kelvin Collins says his confidence is based on the fundamentals of the market being sounder than during earlier...
Imagine a tourist town with no tourists. Scary as it sounds, Queenstown's effectively facing that scenario right now - at least for the 70 per cent of our visitors who come from overseas - thanks to tough new control measures...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's going to "bust my backside" to help lead the resort, and the district, out of the coronavirus crisis. But, he warns, it will have an impact far bigger than anything most of us will...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A restored country cottage dating back to the very early 1900s is for sale in Queenstown's Dalefield. Islay Cottage, on Lower Shotover Road, is named after the Scottish island of Islay, which original property owner Alexander Brown left in...

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...
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