Tourism New Zealand

Tha caused quite the stir, didn't it? Mountain Scene's Parting Shot last week, an open letter to Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, seems to have captured the zeitgeist of not only Queenstown, but New Zealand's tourism industry. By Wednesday afternoon, Scene editor Tracey...
Dear Kelvin, I know you're busy and all, but I just had one quick question for you. Where, exactly, have you been? Or, perhaps, more to the point, as Minister of Tourism, what - aside from tasking Tourism New Zealand to come...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH There are plans to go ahead with this year's Queenstown- and Wanaka-based Winter Games NZ - but, if given the green light, it'll be a new-look event. WGNZ boss Marty Toomey says plans are afoot to "pivot" the...

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...
Tourism New Zealand's outgoing boss suggests Queenstown's new council develop a vision for handling runaway visitor numbers. Kevin Bowler, who finishes next Friday after helming the country's tourism marketing body for seven years, was in Queenstown this week for a...
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