DowntownQT

DowntownQT down and out

Queenstown's town centre lobby group is set to be scrapped. In this week's Chamber of Commerce newsletter, Chamber boss Anna Mickell says DowntownQT's board will vote to wind up the organisation at the end of June. It follows the departure of...

Bypass block

Queenstown's big-ticket bypass project is more grid-locked than the resort's holiday season traffic – with even a business case a year away. Frustration over red tape holding up the progress on the $148 million town centre 'arterial route' is now...
Business operators are calling for Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) to hold fire on plans to extend its noise boundaries until a "wider destination vision" for the area's sorted out. DowntownQT, which represents businesses in the resort's CBD, has submitted on...

Bookshop pulls out

In a blow to the Queenstown CBD, major book and stationery store Whitcoulls is shutting shop in Beach Street. The chain's boss Brenda Pennycuick says it's "not a location that is working for us". "We never like to be closing stores...
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...
Tourism company Skyline Enterprises' striking new $8 million-plus Queenstown lakefront building is being officially named Eichardt's. The contemporary-looking building's name associates it with its historic neighbour, the five-star Eichardt's Private Hotel. There's also a tenancy connection. The new Eichardt's houses the hotel's...
Queenstown Police are floating the idea of a 24-hour ban on public drinking in the wake of last Saturday's Crate Day chaos in the resort. But Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult says he hopes a total ban can be avoided...

Biz lobby in free bus push

A Queenstown business lobby is pushing for fully-subsidised buses between Lake Hayes Estate and Fernhill. DowntownQT believes free public transport will clear up chronic traffic congestion in the resort and help the CBD become more pedestrian-friendly. The business group also wants...
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