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Boult: No govt wage subsidy

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Another wage subsidy’s been ruled out to help struggling tourism businesses in the Queenstown Lakes and beyond. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult had ‘‘frank discussion’’ during an online meeting with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and Tourism Minister Stuart...
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 GUY WILLIAMS Wakatipu's wilding warriors have received a major funding windfall, but still have a battle on their hands, they say. The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group’s budget for the current financial year is more than $5 million — a...
Last week Queenstown Airport celebrated its 85th anniversary. The aerodrome was established in 1935 by a community organisation, the Frankton Aerodrome Board, which over the years reinvented itself several times to become the Queenstown Airport Corporation of today. In preparing to...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH City Hall's stepped up to help save Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum. At its full meeting on Thursday, council agreed to a loan-funded grant of $1.04 million, excluding GST, to go towards the district museum's $3.5m earthquake-strengthening project. Director David...
In recent weeks we've been working on bringing together two taskforces aimed at assisting our recovery from Covid-19. The first is a short-term taskforce comprised of industry representatives, primarily aimed at attracting Kiwi travellers to sustain tourism jobs. The taskforce will...
By HUGH COLLINS Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum won't be getting a dollar from the government's 'shovel-ready' fund. But, its fight for survival is far from over. Museum director David Clarke says the staff heard last Thursday the application to central government for money...

Call for $278m boost

A $278 million government fillip is needed to maintain Queenstown as New Zealand's tourist mecca, a new report shows. The Queenstown Lakes District Council-commissioned business case, delivered to the Government ahead of this year's Budget, calls for Central Government investment...
Queenstown could be used as a guinea pig for a national tourist tax, the mayor says. Jim Boult and City Hall boss Mike Theelen are meeting government ministers next week to talk shop about the resort's infrastructure woes. A visitor levy...
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