Deana Insley

Bailout lifeline

By MATTHEW MCKEW BELEAGUERED tourism wholesale company Website Travel’s got a new boss and a bailout from the Aussies — but Queensland’s government refuses to say how much. The company disappeared down a black hole at the start of the Covid-19...

Cox money trickling back

By MATTHEW MCKEW Unexpected repayments have been gratefully received by Wakatipu businesses caught out by struggling tourism wholesaler Website Travel. But others remain unpaid and it means a burning hole in their pocket with the government wage subsidy expiring from this...

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...