Queenstown Chamber of Commerce

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...
Anna Mickell is the CEO of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, co-owner of The Health Media and a lover of literary legends, like Shakespeare and Dr Seuss March 26 (Day 1, Level 4). I was asked by Mountain Scene to write...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Kiwi cricketing legend Sir Richard Hadlee's putting his spin on the 'mind over matter' theme for Queenstown Chamber of Commerce's (COC) annual Banter' forum this Thursday. In the run-up to the event, at Gibbston's The Winehouse, Mountain Scene...

Power play over hike

Chamber of Commerce boss Anna Mickell says a "raft of complex legislation" is partly to blame for Queenstown's clapped-out electricity infrastructure. She's "shocked" by the scale of power price hikes expected to result from a $55 million, three-year upgrade programme...
New Zealand's `innovator of the year' believes Queenstown needs to learn from places that have been ''overtourismed''. Dunedin-based Ian Taylor is among business and media personalities addressing Queenstown Chamber of Commerce's Deloitte-sponsored `Business & Banter' forum at The Winehouse tomorrow. The...

DowntownQT down and out

Queenstown's town centre lobby group is set to be scrapped. In this week's Chamber of Commerce newsletter, Chamber boss Anna Mickell says DowntownQT's board will vote to wind up the organisation at the end of June. It follows the departure of...

From Ann to Anna

A businesswoman from the health sector is the next chief executive of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce. Anna Mickell is taking over from Ann Lockhart, who left a month ago after growing the Chamber's membership and influence significantly over the...

Taking care of business

Having announced she's stepping down, Queenstown Chamber CEO Ann Lockhart discusses the highlights of her 10-year reign with Philip Chandler, and discloses what she and Sir John Key joked about on a gondola ride. She might live in Cardrona, but...
New Zealand's money man doesn't seem to know what Queenstown needs financial help for – despite a 410-page plan its council just adopted, outlining exactly that. Finance Minister Grant Robertson was in Queenstown on Tuesday and told Chamber of Commerce...
QUEENSTOWN'S Chamber of Commerce leader has branded the Government's proposed hike in visa fees as "not helpful'', but does not believe it will curb the area's intake of migrant workers. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced plans for a new visitor...
Resort bosses are in a full-blown slugfest for staff as the housing crunch continues to bite. Queenstown Chamber of Commerce's biennial labour and accommodation survey reveals a quarter of businesses expect to pay 50 per cent above the going-rate. And a...

Bennett’s bed tax blow

A bed or border tax to bolster Queenstown looks dead in the water. Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has given a clear indication the government's unlikely to allow direct tourist charges. She says she's aware of the pressure caused by the booming...
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