Blog posts from 2012

Queenstown leads national guest nights for October

By Jen Andrews on 14 December 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown has recorded the largest guest nights increase in the country for the month of October, boosted by strong international and domestic visitor numbers.

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Queenstown tees off for a summer of golf

By Jen Andrews on 11 December 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown’s world-class greens are groomed and geared up for a summer of golf that for the second time will include the region hosting the NZ PGA Championship.

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Action-packed events calendar in Queenstown this summer

By Libby Baron on 26 November 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown is heating up for an action-packed summer with concerts, New Year’s Eve celebrations, street parties, free community events, and sporting matches.

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Domestic visitors to Queenstown strong during winter season

By Jen Andrews on 23 November 2012 (0 comments)
Statistics New Zealand’s latest Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM) for September completes the picture for Queenstown’s winter season, showing strong domestic visitor growth to the resort.

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Chinese actress Yao Chen weds in Queenstown, New Zealand

By Jen Andrews on 20 November 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown’s reputation as a world-class wedding destination has received a huge boost in China with the news that multi award-winning Chinese actress Yao Chen wed her fiancé Cao Yu in the world-renowned New Zealand resort town over the weekend.

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Dates set for 2013 Queenstown Winter Festival

By Jen Andrews on 19 November 2012 (0 comments)
New Zealand’s 10 coolest days are set to return to Queenstown, with the dates locked and loaded for the 2013 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

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Take a hike and discover Queenstown this summer

By Jen Andrews on 7 November 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s most popular walking and hiking destinations has been further enhanced this summer with the launch of a new network of trails.

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Queenstown’s TSS Earnslaw turns the clock back to celebrate 100th birthday

By Jen Andrews on 18 October 2012 (0 comments)
Cannons fired, vintage steam engines hooted and a huge crowd cheered and waved flags along Queenstown’s waterfront to welcome the TSS Earnslaw vintage steamship home as she sailed into the bay to mark her 100th birthday.

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Queenstown ranked one of top cities in South Pacific by Condé Naste

By Libby Baron on 18 October 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown has earned international acclaim as one of the ‘Top 5 Cities of the South Pacific’ in Condé Naste Traveler’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Queenstown guest nights remain steady

By Jen Andrews on 10 October 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown’s August visitor numbers were on a par with the same month last year according to research released today (10 October).

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New appointments for Destination Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 4 October 2012 (0 comments)
Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd announced today that Tracey Maclaren, Christiana Zhu and Charlie Curel will join the regional tourism organisation within the next six weeks.

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Milestone events a golden opportunity to celebrate Queenstown’s heritage

By Jen Andrews on 4 October 2012 (0 comments)
October will be a month for the history books for the Queenstown region as it celebrates two major milestones - the 100th birthday of the TSS Earnslaw steamship and the 150th anniversary of gold discovered in Central Otago.

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Queenstown biking scene shifts up a gear for summer season

By Jen Andrews on 26 September 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown is about to step up a gear as a ‘must visit’ international biking destination when a new network of trails launches next month.

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Stunning new video footage enhances Queenstown marketing campaign

By Libby Baron on 26 September 2012 (0 comments)
New high definition video integrated into Destination Queenstown’s latest marketing campaign will give Kiwis and Australians more compelling reasons to choose the lake and alpine resort as their spring/summer holiday destination.

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Warriors tackle Queenstown adventure

By Libby Baron on 18 September 2012 (0 comments)
The Warriors hit Queenstown over the weekend to revitalise, re-energise and experience some adrenaline-fuelled activities after a tough National Rugby League season.

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Queenstown leads national guest nights for July

By Libby Baron on 12 September 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown has recorded the largest guest nights increase in the country for the month of July, boosted by strong international and domestic visitor numbers.

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Spring snowfall turns southern skifields into white gold

By Libby Baron on 12 September 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown, New Zealand (12 September 2012) – Heavy snowfalls followed by a stunning blue sky day has seen thousands of locals and visitors take to the slopes around Queenstown today to enjoy superb spring skiing conditions.

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Queenstown shines at New Zealand Travel Industry Awards

By Libby Baron on 12 September 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown businesses took away three awards at the inaugural New Zealand Travel Industry Awards in Auckland on Saturday night (8 September).

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New Manager for Queenstown’s Winter Festival

By Jen Andrews on 6 September 2012 (0 comments)
Destination Queenstown has appointed business development, marketing and event specialist Lisa Buckingham as the new manager of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

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Chinese market to find out about Queenstown ‘first hand’

By Jen Andrews on 13 August 2012 (0 comments)
An online video series showcasing Queenstown and its seasons will target hundreds of thousands of Chinese-speaking users through China’s biggest social media platform.

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Queenstown enjoys strong start to winter

By Jen Andrews on 13 August 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown’s June visitor numbers showed a strong start to winter according to Statistics New Zealand figures released today (10 August).

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World class Kiwi snowboarding and surfing feature in first winter webisode

By Jen Andrews on 16 July 2012 (0 comments)
Diaries Down Under is back with another winter series, releasing the first of five high definition webisodes which showcase Queenstown and the surrounding region.

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Strong visitor night recovery for Queenstown in May

By Jen Andrews on 11 July 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown monthly visitor numbers showed a strong recovery for May 2012 according to Statistics New Zealand figures released today (11 July), with the resort town recording New Zealand’s highest visitor number increase.

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Snow comes to the party in Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 26 June 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown is buzzing after overnight snowfalls brought snow downtown and turned the resort and surrounding mountains into a magical winter wonderland.

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Ten coolest days in New Zealand to kick off in Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 22 June 2012 (0 comments)
New Zealand’s 10 coolest days of the year will kick off in downtown Queenstown tonight when the 2012 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival gets underway.

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Queenstown visitor nights strong for April

By Jen Andrews on 20 June 2012 (0 comments)
Figures released by Statistics New Zealand today (12 June) show strong growth in domestic visitors to Queenstown for April 2012 as well as a recovery in international visitation.

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Queenstown officially opens for ski season

By Jen Andrews on 8 June 2012 (0 comments)
With snow blanketing the mountains overnight, Queenstown is buzzing with excitement ahead of tomorrow’s official start to the 2012 ski season.

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Queenstown polls as number one destination for Kiwis

By Jen Andrews on 8 June 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown has polled as the number one destination for Kiwi travellers according to a survey of 17,000 New Zealanders by Travelbug, the travel website run by Trade Me.

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Queenstown hosts NZ conference and incentive organisers

By Jen Andrews on 23 May 2012 (0 comments)
A group of conference sector professionals with the potential to bring millions of dollars of business to Queenstown have been targeted to experience the resort town’s offerings firsthand.

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New CEO announced for Destination Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 14 May 2012 (0 comments)
Chairman Mark Quickfall announced today (14 May) that Destination Queenstown’s current General Manager of Marketing Graham Budd has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the regional tourism organisation.

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Queenstown welcomes world’s tourism heavyweights for TRENZ

By Jen Andrews on 4 May 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown begins welcoming tourism heavyweights from around the world this weekend ahead of TRENZ, New Zealand’s premier international trade event.

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Queenstown voted number one NZ destination in South Pacific

By Jen Andrews on 4 May 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown’s staggering beauty and diverse outdoor adventures have earned international accolades at this year’s Travellers Choice Awards run by the world's biggest travel website.

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Queenstown visitor numbers up for third consecutive month

By Jen Andrews on 14 March 2012 (0 comments)
January 2012 visitor numbers released by Statistics New Zealand yesterday (12 March) show Queenstown performed well for a third consecutive month with guest nights up 7.2 percent compared to January 2011.

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Escape to the true colours of autumn in Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 6 March 2012 (0 comments)
A fantastic line-up of festivals and events combined with great short break and holiday deals -- and the chance to win a holiday -- make Queenstown the place to be this autumn.

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Destination Queenstown CEO moves to New Zealand’s key Asian markets

By Jen Andrews on 28 February 2012 (0 comments)
Destination Queenstown Board Chairman Mark Quickfall today announced the resignation of the organisation’s Chief Executive Tony Everitt who will join Tourism New Zealand’s Executive Team as General Manager – Asian Markets on 26 April 2012.

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Queenstown set to feature in new Aussie movie

By Jen Andrews on 9 February 2012 (0 comments)
Queenstown will hit the big screens in Australia today (9 February) with a cameo role in ‘Any Questions for Ben?’, a fast paced comedy from the creators of the Australian hits ‘The Castle’ and ‘The Dish’.

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New mountain biking web series for Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 31 January 2012 (0 comments)
A cutting edge youth-oriented video web series showcasing Queenstown’s diversity as a top mountain biking destination has been launched worldwide.

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