Tourism Minister Stuart Nash

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Otago Regional Council’s asked the government to stump up for Queenstown’s share of its public transport business case. ORC recently endorsed the business case in principle, to guide about $200 million worth of investment decisions — the cost of...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH A planned community rally in Queenstown tomorrow's been canned. Resident and business owner Lou McDowell, who was organising the rally planned for tomorrow morning, says in part the decision to pull the pin is because Tourism Minister Stuart...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH National's tourism spokesman predicts a ‘‘cold, hard winter is coming’’ for Queenstown, unless the government ‘‘steps up’’. Todd McClay, in Queenstown on Monday with local MP Joseph Mooney, tells Mountain Scene he was last in the Whakatipu just...

Sobering survey

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Almost a third of Queenstown CBD businesses don’t expect to survive till winter, a new survey shows. Last month’s Queenstown Chamber of Commerce-led business confidence survey attracted 241 responses from Whakatipu businesses — 187 of those in or...
There's a reason Parting Shots aren’t a weekly occurrence. We kinda feel it’s best to wait till you get itchy fingers (aka blind rage) before you put phalanges to keyboard. And by jingos am I there. For nigh on 12 months I’ve...
A lot can change in 12 months, but one thing remains the same; we seem to have been left to fend for ourselves. It’s hard not to feel forgotten as many parts of New Zealand carry on almost oblivious to Covid-19’s...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Covid-19's being described as Queenstown’s ‘‘economic earthquake’’. As one resort hotelier says occupancy’s falling off a cliff (click here), a major hotel’s about to mothball indefinitely (click here) and another CBD hospo business has temporarily shuts its doors (click...

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...
G’DAY Kris. We haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet — come to think of it, I’m actually not sure if too many people down our way have. Infactually (it’s a word, I decided), I’m reasonably confident your predecessor, Iain, only...
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