Queenstown Chamber of Commerce

New Zealand's money man doesn't seem to know what Queenstown needs financial help for – despite a 410-page plan its council just adopted, outlining exactly that. Finance Minister Grant Robertson was in Queenstown on Tuesday and told Chamber of Commerce...
QUEENSTOWN'S Chamber of Commerce leader has branded the Government's proposed hike in visa fees as "not helpful'', but does not believe it will curb the area's intake of migrant workers. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced plans for a new visitor...
Resort bosses are in a full-blown slugfest for staff as the housing crunch continues to bite. Queenstown Chamber of Commerce's biennial labour and accommodation survey reveals a quarter of businesses expect to pay 50 per cent above the going-rate. And a...

Bennett’s bed tax blow

A bed or border tax to bolster Queenstown looks dead in the water. Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has given a clear indication the government's unlikely to allow direct tourist charges. She says she's aware of the pressure caused by the booming...
The government expects to decide within a year whether Queenstown Lakes and other district councils can charge visitor levies. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister John Key says the government is waiting for a private sector review to be completed. However, it's "likely" to reach...

Skyline dominates awards

Skyline Queenstown and the Thomas family have dominated the Westpac Queenstown Business Excellence Awards. Not only did the gondola operator win the supreme award at Saturday night's event — held on home turf on Bob’s Peak — but former long-time...

Staff squeeze starts to bite

Queenstown businesses are buckling under the pressure of staff shortages. A whopping 86 per cent of business owners and managers responding to a survey say they don't have enough workers. One anonymous shop owner says it's driven her out of business. For the...
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