Graham Budd

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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