domestic market

By PHILIP CHANDLER In a Queenstown CBD increasingly riddled with empty premises, that won’t be a problem when the redeveloped O’Connells building opens next year. In a major coup, landlord Skyline Enterprises has leased two retail floors to one tenant. That is...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A luxury home and luxuriant garden in rural Queenstown’s Birchwood Road’s on the market for $7 million-plus. The garden — familiar to those patronising ‘Twilight Opera’ concerts over the past two years — was recently recognised as a...

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...
Darren Lovell’s ‘Your Word’ piece (MS, Nov 26) sure created a stir. Darren raised a valid concern about the future of our town, and indeed the wider district, if we don’t get any international visitors back soon. Some of the responses...

‘Extend wage subsidy’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he’s asking the government to reinstate the wage subsidy for tourism and hospitality ‘‘till we see reasonable levels of business return’’. The wage subsidy, which wound up early this month, played a critical...
In light of recent criticism of the government’s support for the tourism industry, and Queenstown businesses in particular, and the frustration of alert level restrictions, I have given more thought to what we should expect from our government leaders. I’ve...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Who hasn’t sung You Are My Sunshine or My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean on Queenstown’s Earnslaw steamer on sailings back from Walter Peak? Despite its popularity over scores of years, however, the Earnslaw singalong’s become yet another...
By GUY WILLIAMS Opening a new hotel in post-Covid Queenstown sounds like a challenge, but the owners of the Holiday Inn Express are confident about the future. The 227-room Holiday Inn Express, in Stanley Street, opens its doors next Friday at a...
With Queenstown's accommodation industry being hugely hit by the Covid-19 lockdown and border closure, the Airbnb sector which so many locals have got in to, to earn some spare coin virtually disappeared overnight. Many have speculated this sector won't come back, but two Airbnb...
By HUGH COLLINS With Covid-19 putting many musical careers in the Wakatipu Basin on hold, one artist claims the general mood among the local musos isn’t nearly as bad as you’d think. Long-time Queenstown muso Shay Muddle’s spent lockdown running ‘Quarantunes’, a...
It's turbulent times for Queenstown's adventure tourism industry. It's the sector that's put the resort on the international map, but that's of little use when international visitors, because of the Covid-19 crisis, can't get here for the foreseeable future. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to three...
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