Brian Howie

Chamber ready for fight

Queenstown's chamber of commerce president says the resort would be "crippled" without foreign workers. Richard Thomas is hopeful the new government will take a regional approach to immigration, despite promising to slash net migration. "They can't take an Auckland-like approach to...

Worry over Chinese turn-off

An unexpected drop in Chinese New Year visitors is worrying Queenstown's tourism boss. Chinese taking New Year holidays in Queenstown have topped up hotels during summer peaks in recent years. This week, however, 'vacancy' signs hang outside resort hotels and rooms are...