Richard Thomas

Chamber chief bows out

By Guy Williams There's been no shortage of praise for outgoing Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chief executive Anna Mickell, but the lady herself is keeping mum on her impending departure from the role. Chamber chairman Craig Douglas said in a statement...

Resort catches coronavirus

A Queenstown businessman says he started the year believing the summer of 2020 would be the best ever for his business. Now he's having second thoughts. Like accommodation providers, retailers and other tourist operators in the resort, he's come to rely...

China travel ban slammed

A Queenstown tourist operator believes the New Zealand government's coronavirus-induced travel ban on Chinese is an over-reaction that'll damage the resort. The two-week ban, imposed this Monday, is aimed at containing the spread of a deadly, fast-spreading virus that originated...

Chamber ready for fight

Queenstown's chamber of commerce president says the resort would be "crippled" without foreign workers. Richard Thomas is hopeful the new government will take a regional approach to immigration, despite promising to slash net migration. "They can't take an Auckland-like approach to...

Heritage park invite snub

A descendant of Queenstown's founder is miffed she wasn't invited to the opening of a heritage park in his honour. Kapiti Coast-based Rosemary Marryatt, a great-granddaughter of William Rees, successfully badgered the council and developer of the Lake's Edge subdivision...
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