Ann Lockhart

Covid-19 forces DQ cuts

TWO more Destination Queenstown staff have been made redundant. In a statement, DQ interim boss Ann Lockhart says it’s ‘‘with much regret’’ the board’s disestablished the international markets manager roles for both Asia and Western, held, respectively, by Ella Zhang...
By HUGH COLLINS The organiser of Queenstown’s annual Winter Pride’s staggered he hasn’t received support from a ratepayer-funded tourism body. Martin King wrote to Destination Queenstown, City Hall and Queenstown’s Chamber of Commerce at the start of May in a bid...
With all but a few visitors having left town, Queenstown's tourism marketing agency's switched its focus to helping the resort's beleaguered businesses survive Covid-19. Destination Queenstown interim boss Ann Lockhart says it's now part of a ”response and recovery team”...
By MATTHEW MCKEW and HUGH COLLINS Uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic's forced the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 2020 to be cancelled. The festival, in its 46th year, was to have been held between June 18 and 21, but it's the...
QUEENSTOWN'S Chamber of Commerce leader has branded the Government's proposed hike in visa fees as "not helpful'', but does not believe it will curb the area's intake of migrant workers. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced plans for a new visitor...
Resort bosses are in a full-blown slugfest for staff as the housing crunch continues to bite. Queenstown Chamber of Commerce's biennial labour and accommodation survey reveals a quarter of businesses expect to pay 50 per cent above the going-rate. And a...

Bennett’s bed tax blow

A bed or border tax to bolster Queenstown looks dead in the water. Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has given a clear indication the government's unlikely to allow direct tourist charges. She says she's aware of the pressure caused by the booming...
The government expects to decide within a year whether Queenstown Lakes and other district councils can charge visitor levies. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister John Key says the government is waiting for a private sector review to be completed. However, it's "likely" to reach...
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