Ann Lockhart

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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