events

A helping hand

Out-of-town businesses running conferences and events in Queenstown now have a way to meaningfully contribute to the local community. Destination Queenstown, along with its convention bureau, have launched a corporate social responsibility programme called ‘Community Connection’. It introduces 16 established not-for-profits and trusts...
By HUGH COLLINS Airlines' self-interest is causing ‘‘huge disruption’’ for events, Winter Pride festival director Martin King says. The 10-day festival’s starting today with only three of its events scrubbed because of Alert Level 2 rules. But the response of Air New...

NZOpen on course, for now

By MATTHEW MCKEW A decision on whether to go ahead with next year’s New Zealand Open golf tourney will be made as late as possible, the tournament director says. But Michael Glading admits it’s highly unlikely the annual February event will...
In recent weeks we've been working on bringing together two taskforces aimed at assisting our recovery from Covid-19. The first is a short-term taskforce comprised of industry representatives, primarily aimed at attracting Kiwi travellers to sustain tourism jobs. The taskforce will...
Well before lockdown, one after another of Queenstown's most cherished events got wiped from the calendar, while countless weddings and conferences were either postponed or cancelled. PHILIP CHANDLER checks he state of the current industry with four of its practitioners  The events industry was...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown International Marathon's boss is still hopeful the resort's biggest one-day event - which last year had a record field of 12,000-plus - can run again this November, despite the current Covid-19 ban on big events. Dave Beeche,...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Plans for a $12 million Queenstown film studio have been brought forward to address the Covid-19-induced collapse of the local tourism industry. The proposal, for a large Gibbston Valley site opposite the Victoria Flats landfill, has been sent to...

Bunfight over Long Lunch

Queenstown's mayor and council boss say a local event manager's unfairly maligned their staff. Malcolm Blakey last week said he's pulling his Arrowtown Long Lunch, last held two weeks ago, due to council restrictions and resistance. Council boss Mike Theelen says...
Queenstown WinterFest's boss has given the shortened four-day event the thumbs up. Festival director Lisa Buckingham says: "I feel the four-day programme really worked. It has been an amazing atmosphere and the buzz around town has been good. "We have had...
The organiser of Gibbston's summer concert is fighting for concert patrons to be permitted to buy more than five times the amount of alcohol listed in a national guideline for events. At a licensing hearing yesterday, agency reps said allowing the...
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