From high hopes to cruel reality, operators are forced to adjust again to life under Covid.
Occupancy at Queenstown hotels jumped nearly 20% in the week ending Saturday July 17, with average weekly occupancy at 63.3%, according to figures from STR.
New area better sign-posted, with multiple parking spots for cars, coaches and campers.
The former CEO of Metlifecare and Housing NZ, Glen Sowry, returns to the aviation sector.
Like late night buses, you wait and wait and then get two at once.
QLDC aims to provide more employment opportunities for locals.
Queenstown is the only centre lagging on most hotel indicators.
The firm has now closed for winter, but has strong bookings for September re-opening.
QLDC-led project aims to help hospitality and tourism businesses collaborate on technology.
Around 90% of traffic attributed to domestic travellers for month.
The Milford Opportunities masterplan project is set to be launched publicly at the Te Anau Club on Wednesday 28 July at 11am.
Entries close on 23 September.
The Covid disrupted Australian school holidays provided little boost, say southern operators.
TAIC says it is seeking video or photos of the landing to help its investigation.
A hot air balloon carrying 11 people has crashed near Arrowtown, leaving two people seriously injured.
Occupancy at Queenstown hotels dropped almost eight percentage points to 46% for the week to 3 July, according to STR.
Queenstown Lakes has launched a campaign to attract business leaders, employers, and talent to the district to help diversify its economy from tourism.
Tourism organisations and RTOs are urged to put the Māori at the centre of the visitor experience.
The divide between the north and south has widened due in part to the latter’s reliance on tourism, says the bank.
The possibility of profit beckons after a long drought and tough restructuring for Queenstown operator.
There is no support connected to changes in the trans-Tasman travel arrangement, says Jacinda Ardern.
Destination Queenstown and Lake Wānaka Tourism, and Queenstown Lakes District Council have formed a partnership to design a regenerative tourism strategy for the region.
Rotary Club and Child Cancer Foundation honours for Boult.
Skyline Enterprises will not pay a dividend for FY21 as uncertainty around return of international visitors remains.
Re-opening seen as sign of regional recovery, says airport.
The charge relates to a January 2010 flight involving passengers from Milford Sound.
Reservations have been running hot from across the Tasman after bookings opened two weeks ago.
LGBTTQ+ festival to run from 27 August to 5 September.
International acts to be part of lineup over two weekends in two ski towns.
A post-lockdown domestic events strategy played a key role in driving demand within New Zealand but Australia is now the “next big frontier”.
The TAIC releases its report into the fatal skydive accident that killed American tourist Tyler Nii.
Occupancy at Queenstown hotels improved slightly in the week ending Saturday 5 June, with average weekly occupancy at 45.1%, according to STR.
Key meetings attended by tourism minister Stuart Nash since taking up the portfolio in November 2020 include those with various taskforce bodies, local councils and industry representatives.
The inaugural IBIS Customer Conference 2021 opens this evening with a welcome function in Queenstown, focusing on a theme of ‘Rebuilding Together’.
“It’s good to get more eyes on this place,” says Ziptrek’s executive director, Trent Yeo.
There appeared to be just one commitment which could have a direct impact on tourism.
Australian developer Douglas Rickard-Bell has received a green light from independent commissioners to build a replica Mount Earnslaw Hotel in Glenorchy on its original site.
Seven Queenstown art galleries will come alive for a late-night special every Thursday as part of a new weekly initiative to kickstart the town’s art sector.
“We don’t see a bounce-back in 2022,” says the operator’s CEO, Tim Hunter.
Pat West likes Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters so much he’s purchased it a few times over the years.
Bike trail charity asks riders to avoid Hot Rod and Rude Rock to minimize winter damage.
Industry panel to discuss making tourism more inclusive to Kiwis.
The notable operator says he is ramping up staffing but the govt’s stance on migrant workers won’t help.
Both PMs are expected to meet tourism leaders at the hard hit destination.
Local iwi charitable trust Mana Tahuna hosted a ‘kia tau’ ceremony as a “big hug” for the Queenstown community on Sunday 16 May.
Kiwi Birdlife Park in partnership with the Whakatipu Wildlife Trust is hosting a predator control seminar on Tuesday 18 May.
The tourism minister also wants to see an expansion of differential pricing across the sector for international visitors.
Queenstown’s annual light festival LUMA will be ticketed for the first time this year and will cost $5.
The TSS Earnslaw steamship will be inactive until June 26, as it gets its annual servicing.
The new campaign would launch on 23 May in New Zealand and Australia.