economy

Huge shot in arm

By PHILIP CHANDLER As Queenstown’s tourism economy implodes, the resort’s about to hugely benefit from two TV shoots. Underway this week is New Zealand romantic comedy Under The Vines, while the second series of crime thriller One Lane Bridge starts next week. The...

Challenges excite new boss

By PHILIP CHANDLER Tourism New Zealand’s former boss, who this week took the helm of Queenstown’s largest tourism company, appears undaunted by his sector’s struggles. Stephen England-Hall’s moved to the resort to run Wayfare Group — whose stable includes Queenstown’s Earnslaw...
In 1967 Skyline had been running VWvans up to Bob’s Peak for four years. The tourists were having a fun, albeit bumpy, ride but the repairs and maintenance costs on the vans were taking a serious toll on the fledgling...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...
One of the biggest behind-the-scenes stars in Queenstown’s film and TV industry since the ‘90s moved to Auckland last Thursday.  Annie Weston discusses her move with PHILIP CHANDLER, reflects on changes she’s seen and explains why the TV commercial...
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...

Windies bump kid triathletes

By PHILIP CHANDLER A huge Central Otago primary school triathlon’s been bumped from Queenstown Events Centre to accommodate the Windies cricket side. The council-owned centre was booked by triathlon organisers about 14 months ago, but they got the squeeze after the...

NZ Open in the can

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The last time the New Zealand Open was cancelled was in wartime. Tournament director Michael Glading says, ironically, Covid-19 — which has now forced the cancellation of the 2021 Open, to have been played at Millbrook Resort and...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Advance NZ co-leader Jami-Lee Ross is advancing his party as a friend of the beleaguered tourism industry. In Arrowtown on September 26 to address an election meeting, Ross — whose party’s been widely condemned for spreading conspiracy theories —...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown should take advantage of being home to ‘‘some of the most interesting and dynamic people in the world’’ to diversify its tourism-dependent economy. So says new National Party leader Judith Collins, interviewed in the resort last Saturday just seven...

Language school mothballed

By GUY WILLIAMS Queenstown's longest-running language school will go into hibernation next month after its last few students graduate. Language Schools New Zealand owner Guy Hughes says he had about 90 students before the Covid lockdown in March, another 30 students...
It's never been harder to be a migrant in Queenstown, with their numbers disproportionately represented in the ranks of those currently losing their jobs. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to two members from the largest migrant group, Brazilians, who've been working hard to support their...
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