tourism

As we race towards a winter of welcoming Aussie wallets, and after attending an economic diversification workshop I was wondering, what happened to reshaping our tourism industry? Over the last several months, I’ve moved from pessimism about the future of tourism...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH National's immigration spokeswoman says she’ll ask Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi in the House when he intends to visit Queenstown. Erica Stanford spent Tuesday in the resort talking to businesses about the issues facing them, hosted by local MP Joseph...
As a self-professed misfit, I’ve always questioned the status quo. I don’t do this to be contentious, but because I believe that’s the path to creating a better world around us. Last week, when we heard news about the opening of...

Minis go to the max

By TRACEY ROXBURGH Fifty teams of Kiwis, crammed into their Minis, arrived in Queenstown on Tuesday on their way to completing an epic 2350km trip from Paihia to Invercargill. The Pork Pie Charity Run for KidsCan loosely follows the route taken...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Fresh from the release of his report on sustainable tourism, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, will speak at a public lecture in Queenstown. Upton’s report, ‘Not 100% — but four steps closer to sustainable tourism’, was...

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...
The economic benefits of tourism are often celebrated and the tourist sector regularly pats itself on the back for being a mainstay of the economy. But for some time now Queenstown’s been obsessed with growth, totally forgetting to ask who...

Covid reduces quality of life

By KERRIE WATERWORTH Concerns about ‘‘extremely high’’ rent prices, the high cost of heating, access to mental  health services and an over-reliance on tourism are among issues raised in Queenstown’s council’s most recent ‘quality of life’ survey. The third annual survey...

Huge shot in arm

By PHILIP CHANDLER As Queenstown’s tourism economy implodes, the resort’s about to hugely benefit from two TV shoots. Underway this week is New Zealand romantic comedy Under The Vines, while the second series of crime thriller One Lane Bridge starts next week. The...
We all read with interest Darren Lovell’s piece about Queenstown’s stampeding elephant and how local businesses are hurting (MS, Nov 26). Now let’s address some of the misconceived comments about tourism and business in a Covid-19 world. Tourism businesses in Queenstown,...

Choppy: Woman of heart

Writer/business coach Jacqui Thomas first came to Queenstown to work in 1994 and last left here in 2016. In her new book on female business founders ‘doing business with heart’, she features a pioneering heli-tourism operator she met when living...

Turning a new leaf

By MATTHEW MCKEW It didn’t take long for a Queenstown business duo to brew up a new usiness plan when things went temporarily kaput for their travel firm. Sally Miller and Alex Musgrave, of Impact Escapes, specialise in small, off-the-beaten track...
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