redundancies

In a milestone that flew under the radar, Queenstown’s NZONE Skydive — currently in a tailspin due to border closures — recently turned 30. Original co-owner and general manager Robynne Williams and current gm Clark ‘Scotty’ Scott reflect on...
By GUY WILLIAMS A Queenstown institution’s survived a devastating fire and a global pandemic. Perhaps it’s only appropriate for World Bar to officially reopen on Black Friday. It’ll be a brave new World Bar that throws opens its doors on November 13...

Covid-19 forces DQ cuts

TWO more Destination Queenstown staff have been made redundant. In a statement, DQ interim boss Ann Lockhart says it’s ‘‘with much regret’’ the board’s disestablished the international markets manager roles for both Asia and Western, held, respectively, by Ella Zhang...

Give us strength

By TRACEY ROXBURGH & MATTHEW MCKEW Queenstown's bracing for a second wave of Covid-19 restrictions, with genuine fears about how some businesses will cope, should the worst case eventuate. The resort, and the majority of New Zealand, moved back to Alert Level...

Pop-up to replace Fishbone

By TRACEY ROXBURGH As a Queenstown eatery prepares to go up against 11 others, New Zealand-wide, in the 2020 Great NZ Toastie Takeover, it’s also preparing to pop up in the CBD. Love Chicken, which serves free-range, organic Bostock’s chicken, opened...
By GUY WILLIAMS Wayfare boss Ian Jackson has finally broken his silence about a major restructuring at the Queenstown tourism giant, but isn’t saying how many jobs have been cut. The former Qantas senior executive, who took over the chief executive...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Even local business leaders aren't immune to job losses in this Covid-19-induced tourism crisis. Skyline Queenstown commercial manager Craig Douglas is among the 50 per cent-plus of Skyline Enterprises' 1200 or so staff made redundant across its New Zealand...
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 PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown Mini Golf's reopening for one last week, at reduced rates, with all admission money helping those affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Owner Nola Pratt had been going to pull the pin last month, after 27 years in...
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...
If business wasn't tough enough for Queenstown's hospo outlets before the Covid-19 closedown, it'll be far more on a knife-edge once lockdown ends even if there's less competition, with some operators not reopening. PHILIP CHANDLER talks to four long-time operators about how they'll...
You know what's bloody amazing? Us. I had a chat with one of our new staffers the other day. He was surprised at the vitriol coming from other parts of New Zealand about the situation Queenstown finds itself in. That others have taken...
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