Graham Budd

In an exit interview with Philip Chandler, Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd fires shots at unconstructive criticism of the resort's growth. He takes a tilt at NZ Transport Agency, too, but also pinpoints his highlights, and his reasons for moving to Invercargill Destination Queenstown's CEO's...
Graham Budd is Destination Queenstown's outgoing chief executive who's soon to be heading to the mighty metropolis of Invercargill to head up Southland's economic development agency Great South OPINION: My initial thought about this piece was that it was an...

Destination change for Budd

Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd, who's departing to run Southland's regional development agency, says he isn't leaving unfinished business behind. The tourism promotion organisation was "humming and in great shape, significantly, with the team, but also with funding in...

Indian slump

Queenstown's valuable Indian tourism market's been hit by delays in Immigration New Zealand processing visitor visas. Visitor numbers and spending from the world's second largest population had been steadily growing in recent years, however holiday arrivals into NZ dropped 11.3...
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...

$60m hotel plan

An Australian developer wants to spend $60 million-plus on a new hotel at the entrance to Queenstown. Pro-invest Group has lodged plans with the local council for an eye-catching 227-room Holiday Inn Express, breathing new life into a prominent plot...

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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