trans-Tasman bubble

Darren Lovell’s ‘Your Word’ piece (MS, Nov 26) sure created a stir. Darren raised a valid concern about the future of our town, and indeed the wider district, if we don’t get any international visitors back soon. Some of the responses...

Hostels fear collapse

By MATTHEW MCKEW If something doesn’t change, Queenstown’s once thriving hostel industry will collapse — and, yet again, visas are a crucial issue. It’s led to a suggestion internationals living in Australia, who’ve already had  working holiday visa in New Zealand,...
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...

NZ Open in the can

By TRACEY ROXBURGH The last time the New Zealand Open was cancelled was in wartime. Tournament director Michael Glading says, ironically, Covid-19 — which has now forced the cancellation of the 2021 Open, to have been played at Millbrook Resort and...
By GUY WILLIAMS Don't wait and hope. That was the message from Tourism NZ boss Stephen England-Hall to Industry operators at a roadshow event in Queenstown on Wednesday. England-Hall told a packed room at the Heritage Hotel ‘‘there’s no bag of money...
You may recall the Infometrics report done in May of this year which predicated a very dire situation for our district. At that time, little was known about what effect Covid-19 would have and their report predicted unemployment of 18.5%...

‘Extend wage subsidy’

By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says he’s asking the government to reinstate the wage subsidy for tourism and hospitality ‘‘till we see reasonable levels of business return’’. The wage subsidy, which wound up early this month, played a critical...

NZOpen on course, for now

By MATTHEW MCKEW A decision on whether to go ahead with next year’s New Zealand Open golf tourney will be made as late as possible, the tournament director says. But Michael Glading admits it’s highly unlikely the annual February event will...
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...
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