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Queenstown Lakes must accept “perpetually leaner workforce” – economist
23 Nov 2022   /

Queenstown Lakes must accept “perpetually leaner workforce” – economist

Businesses need to refocus investment on maintaining yield with fewer staff.


“At last, Covid disruption slowly dissipating” – Skyline interim profit jumps 44%
22 Nov 2022  

“At last, Covid disruption slowly dissipating” – Skyline interim profit jumps 44%

The Queenstown-based group says all of its lead indicators point to a strong summer of trading.


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers beat pre-Covid again…
18 Nov 2022   /

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers beat pre-Covid again…

Queenstown Airport recorded 186,403 passenger movements in October 2022, up from 183,048 reported for the same month in pre-Covid 2019.


Crankworx heads south for second summer series
15 Nov 2022   /

Crankworx heads south for second summer series

Cardrona, Central Otago, Queenstown and Wānaka are set to host the Crankworx Summer Series of mountain biking events in 2023.


Water monitoring buoys placed in southern lakes
11 Nov 2022  

Water monitoring buoys placed in southern lakes

Freshwater monitoring buoys have been deployed in lakes Wānaka and Whakatipu as part of an effort to improve water quality monitoring.


Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation
31 Oct 2022   /

Govt affirms trans-Tasman tourism cooperation

New Zealand and Australian trade and tourism ministers have reaffirmed their commitment to boosting trans-Tasman cooperation.


Queenstown Airport first to exceed pre-pandemic levels
17 Oct 2022   /

Queenstown Airport first to exceed pre-pandemic levels

The airport has surpassed pre-pandemic levels of activity with September 2022 the breakthrough month.


RealNZ’s Earnslaw celebrates 110 years with sustainability in mind
17 Oct 2022   /

RealNZ’s Earnslaw celebrates 110 years with sustainability in mind

Lake Whakatipu’s TSS Earnslaw is turning 110-years-old and may soon have a new lease on life through a decarbonisation project.


Inaugural food & wine event coming to Central Otago
17 Oct 2022   /

Inaugural food & wine event coming to Central Otago

A new food and wine event is launching next year to celebrate Central Otago winemakers, growers, and chefs.


iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong elected to council
10 Oct 2022   /

iFLY Queenstown owner Matt Wong elected to council

The operator topped the count in his ward and says he will be ‘the voice of tourism’ on the visitor-dependent district’s council.


Destinations change mayors in sweeping local body elections
10 Oct 2022  

Destinations change mayors in sweeping local body elections

Rotorua and Queenstown are among the popular destinations that have new council leaders.


ADP: NZ guest nights reach 88% of pre-Covid
5 Oct 2022   /

ADP: NZ guest nights reach 88% of pre-Covid

A bumper ski season and the open border helps Queenstown lead occupancy in August.


Weekly hotel results: Queenstown dips after Snow Machine high
30 Sep 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Queenstown dips after Snow Machine high

Average weekly occupancy and ADR have slid from their winter highs at Queenstown but the October school holidays will hopefully give the resort another spring boost.


Queenstown Airport predicts passenger recovery in FY25, slashes growth to 3.1%
22 Sep 2022  

Queenstown Airport predicts passenger recovery in FY25, slashes growth to 3.1%

QAC plans for moderate and sustainable growth, which it says is a shift in its strategy.


Wānaka leans into diversity in vivid new promotion
2 Sep 2022   /

Wānaka leans into diversity in vivid new promotion

Lake Wānaka Tourism has launched a new short film showcasing the region through the lens of creativity, diversity, and inclusivity.


Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO
29 Aug 2022   /

Tourism must be “good for the soul” for Kiwis too – RealNZ CEO

Experiences must be great for visitors and the environment but also create rewarding connections for Kiwis too, says Stephen England-Hall.


ADP: Lower South Island guest nights jump as internationals return
29 Aug 2022   /

ADP: Lower South Island guest nights jump as internationals return

International guest nights across NZ increased 135% in July, with southern regions benefitting.


Millbrook Resort invests another $1m in expansion
26 Aug 2022   /

Millbrook Resort invests another $1m in expansion

Millbrook Resort is investing $1m into an expansion of its golf driving range to meet increased usage and prepare for the 2023 New Zealand Open.


SkyCity scraps Queenstown hotel plans, puts $18m land up for sale
22 Aug 2022   /

SkyCity scraps Queenstown hotel plans, puts $18m land up for sale

The operator abandons its proposal for a luxury hotel and new VIP casino on the banks of Lake Whakatipu.


…while Queenstown Airport restarts dividend despite profit fall
18 Aug 2022  

…while Queenstown Airport restarts dividend despite profit fall

Queenstown Airport Corporation’s profit after tax fell to $1.08m for the year to June 2022, down 34% on the previous fiscal year.


Ziptrek honoured to win sustainability award
16 Aug 2022   /

Ziptrek honoured to win sustainability award

Ziptrek Ecotours says it is honoured to have won the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand’s award for the New Sustainability Initiative.


Hotel RevPAR recovers to pre-Covid levels – Horwath HTL
15 Aug 2022   /

Hotel RevPAR recovers to pre-Covid levels – Horwath HTL

ADR jumps as guests fork out to secure scarce rooms in Queenstown and Te Pae helps boost demand in Christchurch.


Queenstown Airport hits 97% of pre-Covid levels
15 Aug 2022   /

Queenstown Airport hits 97% of pre-Covid levels

Strong trans-Tasman demand and the school holidays helped drive July passenger numbers.


Top Wānaka tourism job up for grabs
10 Aug 2022   /

Top Wānaka tourism job up for grabs

The iconic Edgewater resort is losing its GM to the United Kingdom.


Skyline profit tumbles, revenue rises
1 Aug 2022   /

Skyline profit tumbles, revenue rises

Skyline Enterprises has reported a pre-tax profit of $34.98m for the year to March 2022, down 51% from the $68.67m reported last year.


Final call for Queenstown Lakes operators to apply for funding
27 Jul 2022   /

Final call for Queenstown Lakes operators to apply for funding

Queenstown Lakes District Council has issued a final call for tourism businesses in the district to apply for up to $60,000 funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


Queenstown Airport passenger numbers jump in June
26 Jul 2022  

Queenstown Airport passenger numbers jump in June

The airport reported a 15.2% increase for the month of June compared to the same month last year.


Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies
25 Jul 2022   /

Winter blast dampens some holiday demand but indoor attraction flies

While outdoor attractions outside of ski saw demand impacted, indoor activity iFLY Queenstown saw its busiest month on record.


Queenstown Lakes seeks regenerative, carbon neutral future in DMP
25 Jul 2022  

Queenstown Lakes seeks regenerative, carbon neutral future in DMP

The plan also supports the establishment of a local visitor levy to address infrastructure pressures.


Queenstown Airport provides EV charging
6 Jul 2022   /

Queenstown Airport provides EV charging

Queenstown Airport has become a Tesla Destination Charging Partner to provide six electric vehicle charging stations for travellers and visitors.


Jucy Snooze wakes from NZ slumber
22 Jun 2022   /

Jucy Snooze wakes from NZ slumber

The operator reopens its hostels tomorrow, with strong demand and new patterns of bookings coming through.


Southern ski fields open
16 Jun 2022  

Southern ski fields open

NZSki has opened its Coronet Peak ski field near Queenstown with five of its eight lifts operating.


Snowfall starts ‘epic’ southern ski season
15 Jun 2022  

Snowfall starts ‘epic’ southern ski season

More than 1.5 metres of snow blanketed parts of Queenstown over the weekend, marking an “epic” ski season ahead for the Southern Lakes ski fields, says Destination Queenstown.


Gender equity at heart of Cardrona, TC’s 2022 campaign
14 Jun 2022   /

Gender equity at heart of Cardrona, TC’s 2022 campaign

RealNZ’s ski experiences are encouraging the industry to take a closer look at how they promote gender inclusion in skiing and sport.


Destination Queenstown board member enters mayoral race
2 Jun 2022  

Destination Queenstown board member enters mayoral race

Destination Queenstown board member Glyn Lewers is running for mayor in Queenstown Lakes District Council’s local government elections this year.


SOUTH launches Powder Highway to attract Aussies
31 May 2022   /

SOUTH launches Powder Highway to attract Aussies

SOUTH launches a new ski product designed to attract Australian visitors.


Ski fields, hostel partner for staff accommodation
25 May 2022   /

Ski fields, hostel partner for staff accommodation

Cardrona and Treble Cone have teamed up with Wānaka Backpackers Bothy to provide mountain staff accommodation for the 2022 winter ski season.


DQ grabs Lake Wānaka Tourism chair Mat Woods to be CEO
19 May 2022   /

DQ grabs Lake Wānaka Tourism chair Mat Woods to be CEO

Lake Wānaka Tourism’s chair has been appointed Destination Queenstown’s new boss.


KJet installs emergency buttons for passengers following crash
19 May 2022   /

KJet installs emergency buttons for passengers following crash

TAIC is calling on the commercial jet boat industry to address the risk of single points of failure, following an accident that injured two people.


Return of Aus flights next week on track – Queenstown Airport
17 May 2022   /

Return of Aus flights next week on track – Queenstown Airport

Queenstown Airport says Qantas is on track to bring direct flights back to the resort next week.


Air show, regatta, Winter Games among event fund recipients
29 Apr 2022  

Air show, regatta, Winter Games among event fund recipients

The Coronet Peak 75th Celebrations, 97th Masport Cup Regatta, Winter Games, and Warbirds over Wanaka are among the 26 recipients of the latest Southern Lakes Regional Event Fund round.


Graham Budd’s life to be celebrated
20 Apr 2022  

Graham Budd’s life to be celebrated

A celebration of the life of Great South chief executive and former Destination Queenstown boss Graham Budd will be held at Lake Hayes Pavilion, 1/ 710 Gibbston Highway, Queenstown, at 1.30pm Saturday 23 April.


Maritime NZ calls for smart decisions after child injured
19 Apr 2022  

Maritime NZ calls for smart decisions after child injured

Maritime New Zealand is encouraging boaties to be aware of the risks when they are out on the water, and consider courses to manage potentially dangerous situations.


Departing Mayor Boult urges govt for “big picture” on worker shortages
14 Apr 2022   /

Departing Mayor Boult urges govt for “big picture” on worker shortages

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult is calling on the government to give people the “big picture” on its efforts to fill worker shortages in tourism and other sectors.


Queenstown Airport readies for busy school holidays
14 Apr 2022   /

Queenstown Airport readies for busy school holidays

Queenstown Airport is gearing up for the school holiday period with two busy long weekends expected.


NZ opens arms to Aus visitors
13 Apr 2022   /

NZ opens arms to Aus visitors

Thousands of visitors from Australia will arrive today, marking the restart of isolation-free trans-Tasman travel.


Coronet Peak readies 75th anniversary celebrations
13 Apr 2022   /

Coronet Peak readies 75th anniversary celebrations

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak will celebrate its 75th anniversary with events including a night ski party with fireworks, a retro day, ski race, gala dinner and an alumni après ski function.


Sudima Hotels grabs Jucy GM
11 Apr 2022   /

Sudima Hotels grabs Jucy GM

Alexandria Appelman has been appointed the new hotel manager for Sudima Queenstown Five Mile hotel.


Queenstown music fest kicks off for Easter
11 Apr 2022  

Queenstown music fest kicks off for Easter

The Whakatipu Music Festival will kick off this Easter weekend at Queenstown, offering a range of performances over four days.


NZSki spins Shark Tank in new campaign
4 Apr 2022   /

NZSki spins Shark Tank in new campaign

NZSki launches a new marketing campaign that takes a spin on popular reality TV show Shark Tank.