visitor levy

By PHILIP CHANDLER Thanks  to government funding, Queenstown's mayor's hopeful construction of the first phase of the resort's long-awaited CBD arterial bypass will start in the second quarter of next year. In a wide-ranging interview, Jim Boult talks about the government's...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Queenstown mayor Jim Boult's going to "bust my backside" to help lead the resort, and the district, out of the coronavirus crisis. But, he warns, it will have an impact far bigger than anything most of us will...
In an exit interview with Philip Chandler, Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd fires shots at unconstructive criticism of the resort's growth. He takes a tilt at NZ Transport Agency, too, but also pinpoints his highlights, and his reasons for moving to Invercargill Destination Queenstown's CEO's...

Boundaries that divide us

Divide and conquer, that's the traditional formula. Or, slightly tweaked, "divide and ignore". Our communities may enjoy a friendly rivalry, but by contrast with the rest of New Zealand, there's far more that unites than divides us. Yet every three years, we're...

Visitor levy passes muster

Cabinet has given it the tick – now we have to hammer out the detail. Yesterday Queenstown council's proposed local visitor levy took a giant step forward, with news government ministers have approved officials to work with the council to...

Yes, Minister?

A decision on whether to give the green light to a Queenstown visitor accommodation levy is expected within the next couple of weeks. In a statement, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says Cabinet will consider the council's call for a...
Queenstown mayor Jim Boult has thanked people who voted in the visitor levy referendum – with the result due to be announced by Monday. The provisional turnout was 38 per cent but that did not include special votes or many...
With less than a week left to vote, just over a quarter of Queenstown Lakes residents have had their say on the proposed visitor levy. As of yesterday morning the return stood at 27.3 per cent, or 6418 votes received,...
For at least 45 years this community's been having the same conversation. We have gone around in circles and done an award-winning impersonation of a 'push me pull you' when it comes to a local visitor levy. But soon, for the...

Accommodation fillip

Queenstown Lakes accommodation businesses that would collect the proposed visitor levy will have their rates burden relieved if it goes ahead. Ahead of a district-wide referendum on June 5, mayor Jim Boult is proposing to reduce the extra amount of...
Charlotte Mill is director of Property Management Queens-town Ltd, which owns Villa del Lago Queenstown is no ordinary resort, it's a special resort. You've heard it before, as actively marketed by Destination Queenstown, "Queenstown is known as the adventure capital...
Queenstowners will vote on a specific visitor levy model when an unprecedented district-wide referendum begins. Mayor Jim Boult last week announced residents will have their say on whether a tourist tax should be introduced to help fund infrastructure, a move...
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