international tourism

Target ‘ultra-premium’

By GUY WILLIAMS New tourism minister Stuart Nash says a ban on hiring vans without loos '‘won’t make any difference’’ to visitor numbers to Queenstown when international travel resumes. Nash, who met Queenstown mayor Jim Boult and tourism business owners in...
By GUY WILLIAMS Don't wait and hope. That was the message from Tourism NZ boss Stephen England-Hall to Industry operators at a roadshow event in Queenstown on Wednesday. England-Hall told a packed room at the Heritage Hotel ‘‘there’s no bag of money...

‘Extend wage subsidy’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he’s asking the government to reinstate the wage subsidy for tourism and hospitality ‘‘till we see reasonable levels of business return’’. The wage subsidy, which wound up early this month, played a critical...
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...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown landlord and his tenants are urging locals to patronise, and help save, the CBD. In recent years, many residents have bypassed central Queenstown in favour of Frankton, citing traffic congestion or lack of parking. Now pharmacy building...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A Queenstown adventure tourism company's zipping into new territory to support the resort's arts, culture and performance communities. Next weekend Ziptrek Ecotours will hold its first 'Treehouse Sessions', where about 20 local musos will take to the tree...
By PHILIP CHANDLER With Queenstown open only for domestic tourism in the short term, at least one accommodation venue's proving it could still pay off. For Queen's Birthday weekend the occupancy level for Arrowtown's high-end Millbrook Resort is already 40 per cent. July...
By MATTHEW MCKEW If you know someone who's gone above and beyond lately, why not have them pushed off a cliff? Queenstown's Shotover Canyon Swing's offering $100,000 worth of adrenalin-inducing free swings over the river to deserving buggers' to recognise their...
By GUY WILLIAMS Accommodation providers are threatening a rates revolt if Queenstown’s council proceeds with an inflation-adjusted rise. Apartment operator and former mayoral candidate Nik Kiddle, who leads the Lakes District Accommodation Sector group, says its 70 members want a rates...
Queenstown’s world famous for its adventure attractions.  Think Shotover Jet, bungy, rafting, skydiving ... the list goes on.  However, because the current Covid-19 pandemic's likely to mean New Zealand's borders don't reopen for a long time, this sector's in...
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