China

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The global one per cent is eyeing up Queenstown, looking to invest up to $10 million to secure New Zealand residency and help strengthen the Wakatipu's economy. AWS Legal senior associate Scott Donaldson and solicitor Chantal Ryan say post-Covid-19...

Out of pocket

By MATTHEW MCKEW Activity operators face a double body blow as booking agents postpone or default on debts running into the millions. Tourism in Queenstown is already under pressure from closed borders, but debts are outstanding from activities run before the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown International Marathon's boss is still hopeful the resort's biggest one-day event - which last year had a record field of 12,000-plus - can run again this November, despite the current Covid-19 ban on big events. Dave Beeche,...
Who'd be a hotelier right now during this worldwide Covid-19 pandemic? With thousands of Queenstown hotel beds lying empty, and the likelihood it could be ages away before New Zealand reopens its borders for international arrivals, PHILIP CHANDLER talks to three local hoteliers about their...
When we toasted the arrival of 2020, who would have predicted within three months a virus spread to humans, from a bat in a wet-market in provincial China, would bring the world to its knees and wreak havoc on...
Todd Barclay’s a former Queenstown resident and ex-Clutha Southland MP, who’s now living in Sydney working in business development, strategy and stakeholder engagement I remember reading articles of how the Covid-19 situation was unfolding in China, Italy and the UK...
Dr Tim Rigg’s a GP at the Queenstown Medical Centre, and one of many on the front line of Covid-19 in Queenstown To say the last four weeks have been challenging is an understatement. Since the middle of January, staff at...
By MATTHEW MCKEW Hotels in Queenstown may be needed for makeshift hospital wards should an outbreak of Covid-19 become widespread, a doctor's warning. Dr Sam Hazledine, of locally-based recruitment agency MedWorld, is working with the Ministry of Health to pull retired...
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...

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...

China travel ban slammed

A Queenstown tourist operator believes the New Zealand government's coronavirus-induced travel ban on Chinese is an over-reaction that'll damage the resort. The two-week ban, imposed this Monday, is aimed at containing the spread of a deadly, fast-spreading virus that originated...
Amid fears over New Zealand's valuable Chinese visitor market, the Opposition's tourism spokesman claims the government's not taking the relationship seriously enough. Among potentially troubling signals, this week's launch of the 2019 China-NZ Year of Tourism's been postponed and travel...
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