Destination Queenstown

Queenstown's sister city relationship with a nine million-sized Chinese city is on a firmer footing following a mayoral-led delegation's visit last week. The resort's been linked with Hangzhou, three hours south of Shanghai, for four years. But having Jim Boult head...
Skifield giant NZSki is bidding to trademark the words 'Dog Derby' as its spat with Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival continues. NZSki, which operates resort skifields Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, submitted a trademark application on March 28 to the...
Destination Queenstown members have voted against asking for additional funding from the Queenstown Lakes District Council, a decision chief executive Graham Budd described as "very disappointing". The council’s draft long-term plan proposed an annual 3.2% increase, but the DQ board...
Queenstown Winter Festival organisers will stick with a shortened format next year, with a new boss at the helm. Reducing the festival’s duration from 10 days to four this year proved the right decision, Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd says. Next...
News international cricket is set to return to Queenstown next year has been welcomed across the region. The resort has been named as one of four host cities for next year's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Nine games are scheduled to...
He's probably been Queenstown's most well-known tourism personality for almost 20 years. Before leaving for a big job near Christchurch, David Kennedy discusses his reasons for leaving and his Queenstown highlights with Philip Chandler News that Queenstown tourism leader David Kennedy...
A whopping 10,000 Chinese visitors are Queenstown-bound next year. Hilton Queenstown has been given the nod as next year's Amway accommodation provider – the Chinese visitors form part of a business programme announced by former Prime Minister John Key last April. Hilton boss...
Despite almost 50 years working in the resort, newly-retired Stuart Maclean is best-known for his community roles, whether co-founding Destination Queenstown or pursuing his lifetime passion for motorsport. He talks to Philip Chandler about what's driven him If anyone deserves a break, it's newly-retired Queenstowner...

Kennedys jet off

Leading Queenstown tourism personality David Kennedy and his family are leaving town. The former Destination Queenstown boss is Ngai Tahu Tourism's southern regional head honcho and popular Scene columnist. He's taking a top job at Lincoln University, near Christchurch, starting late...

Mag’s food for thought

Queenstown has largely taken over a lifestyle magazine. Mindfood has called its ninth-birthday April edition, released this week, 'Fall in Love: An Insider's Guide to Queenstown'. It's a collaboration with Destination Queenstown, whose boss Graham Budd says the edition's aimed at...
Fireworks will feature on the second day of this year's truncated Queenstown WinterFest. The 43rd Winter Festival – chopped from 10 days to four to "re-energise" it – runs from Thursday June 22 till Sunday June 25. Organisers will unveil most of...

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...
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