Queenstown Media Releases

Destination Queenstown frequently distributes media releases about Queenstown to domestic and international media.

Below, you can read the latest Queenstown press releases.

Blog posts by Jen Andrews

Head to Queenstown this summer for the ultimate adventure holiday

By Jen Andrews on 1 October 2013
Kiwis are being encouraged to swap the ‘ordinary’ for ‘extraordinary’ this summer by heading to Queenstown for their ultimate adventure holiday.

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Premium Queenstown-based snowboarding web series makes Aussie TV debut

By Jen Andrews on 27 September 2013
A 30-minute television version of the snowboarding web series Diaries Down Under made its small screen debut on Australian action sports channel FUEL TV last Saturday (21 September), showcasing Queenstown to a potential audience of six million viewers.

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Queenstown hits highest guest nights ever

By Jen Andrews on 12 September 2013
Queenstown has broken its record for highest number of guest nights ever according to Statistics New Zealand figures released today (11 September).

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June a record breaker for guest nights in Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 14 August 2013
Queenstown had a record breaking start to winter according to the latest Statistics New Zealand research, with an almost 30 percent increase in international visitor nights.

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Queenstown voted one of world’s friendliest cities

By Jen Andrews on 6 August 2013
Queenstown’s stunning scenery, friendly people and diversity of experiences have earned it a top place on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of 20 of the world's friendliest cities.

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Queenstown at world’s fingertips with new mobile site

By Jen Andrews on 26 July 2013
Hot on the heels of reaching a record one million website visits in 12 months, Queenstown’s online presence has received another boost with the launch of a new mobile visitor information site.

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Queenstown hits all-time high for May guest nights

By Jen Andrews on 10 July 2013
It was a record-breaking month for Queenstown according to Statistics New Zealand’s latest figures, with the resort experiencing its busiest ever May thanks to strong international numbers.

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Destination Queenstown welcomes return of NZ Golf Open

By Jen Andrews on 9 July 2013
Destination Queenstown today welcomed the news that the New Zealand Open would return to Queenstown in 2014 and would include the pro-am format successfully established for the 2013 NZPGA Championship.

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Queenstown hits record guest nights for April

By Jen Andrews on 13 June 2013
Statistics New Zealand’s latest research reveals that Queenstown’s guest nights hit an all time high in April 2013 compared with the same month last year.

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Queenstown’s appeal as business tourism destination showcased

By Jen Andrews on 29 May 2013
A group of conference sector professionals with the potential to bring millions of dollars of business to Queenstown has been in town this week to experience the four-season lake and alpine resort’s offerings firsthand.

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Queenstown a big winner on Aussie TV

By Jen Andrews on 27 May 2013
Queenstown’s world-renowned adrenaline experiences proved to be a big winner in Australia last week.

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Queenstown voted one of world’s top destinations on Trip Advisor

By Jen Andrews on 23 May 2013
Queenstown has been named one of the world’s Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Destinations by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travel community.

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Emirates VP gets a taste of Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 20 May 2013
Emirates Vice President of Australasia Barry Brown jetted in to Queenstown last week for his first taste of the resort’s world-renowned scenery and experiences.

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Love is in the air - Queenstown to showcase its wedding wow factor

By Jen Andrews on 18 April 2013
Queenstown’s wow factor as a world-class year-round wedding destination will be showcased with flair next month at the inaugural Southern Lakes Wedding Show (11 May).

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Queenstown records highest ever February guest nights

By Jen Andrews on 11 April 2013
February was a scorcher of a month for Queenstown according to Statistics New Zealand’s latest Commercial Accommodation Monitor (CAM) with the resort recording its highest ever February as well the country’s largest increase in guest nights.

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Queenstown records year-on-year guest nights increase for January

By Jen Andrews on 20 March 2013
Statistics New Zealand’s latest research shows an annual increase in Queenstown’s total guest nights for the year ending January 2013.

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International biking stars cut a trail to Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 20 March 2013
Some of the world’s top mountain biking stars are heading to Queenstown this week to test their skills at the resort’s annual Bike Festival.

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Queenstown hits record guest nights in December

By Jen Andrews on 13 February 2013
Statistics New Zealand’s latest research shows Queenstown’s December 2012 guest nights hit an all time high.

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Queenstown guest nights steady for November

By Jen Andrews on 18 January 2013
Statistics New Zealand’s latest research shows November 2012 guest nights in Queenstown were about on par with the previous year.

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Queenstown leads national guest nights for October

By Jen Andrews on 14 December 2012
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
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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Domestic visitors to Queenstown strong during winter season

By Jen Andrews on 23 November 2012
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
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
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
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
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 guest nights remain steady

By Jen Andrews on 10 October 2012
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
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
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
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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New Manager for Queenstown’s Winter Festival

By Jen Andrews on 6 September 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Inaugural NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship Launched in Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 7 December 2011
The Hills will host the inaugural NZ PGA Pro-Am Golf Championship in Queenstown next year from Thursday 29th March to Sunday 1st April.

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 TSS Earnslaw entering Queenstown Bay

Queenstown polls as number one destination for Kiwis

By Jen Andrews on 5 December 2011
More than 80% of Kiwis intend to travel within New Zealand over the summer holidays and Queenstown is their most sought after destination according to a survey by Travelbug, the travel website run by Trade Me.

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Action-packed events calendar in Queenstown this summer

By Jen Andrews on 30 November 2011
Queenstown is heating up for an action-packed summer with new international concerts, New Year’s Eve celebrations, food and wine festivals, street parties, free community events, and sporting matches.

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Queenstown to host key tourism industry events in 2012

By Jen Andrews on 28 November 2011
Queenstown’s appeal as a business tourism destination continues to grow after securing several key visitor industry events for next year.

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Queenstown’s cycle tourism cranks up for summer

By Jen Andrews on 25 November 2011
The Southern Hemisphere’s hottest biking destination is gearing up for summer with trails guaranteed to spin everyone’s wheels, from beginners to extreme bikers.

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Take a hike and explore Queenstown this summer

By Jen Andrews on 21 November 2011
With its world renowned multi-day hiking tracks and walking trails now open for summer, Queenstown is buzzing with visitors keen to explore the magnificent scenery.

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NZ’s Southern Lakes named one of the world’s must-visit destinations for 2012

By Jen Andrews on 31 October 2011
SOUTHERN LAKES, New Zealand (31 October, 2011) - Influential travel authority, Lonely Planet, has chosen New Zealand’s Southern Lakes region as one of the world’s Top 10 Regions to visit in 2012.

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Queenstown bed nights slightly down for August

By Jen Andrews on 12 October 2011
Research released today (12 October) shows that conditions remain variable for Queenstown.

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Queenstown number one for food and wine in New Zealand

By Jen Andrews on 7 October 2011
The growing reputation of Queenstown, New Zealand as ‘foodie heaven’ has been reinforced by a top award from the world’s largest travel website TripAdvisor.

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Ex-English rugby star jets into Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 5 October 2011
Former England rugby captain Phil Vickery took time out from his busy ITV Sport commentary schedule this week to enjoy a quick taste a quick taste of New Zealand’s premier visitor destination.

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Suzuki drives into Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 29 September 2011
Destination Queenstown (DQ) and Suzuki New Zealand are delighted to announce a three-year vehicle sponsorship and partnership agreement.

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Dates locked in for 2012 Queenstown Winter Festival

By Jen Andrews on 26 September 2011
Mark your calendars now… the dates for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party are officially locked and loaded for next year!

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Drive to bring Australians on South Island road trip

By Jen Andrews on 22 September 2011
Queenstown is one of the key destinations in a major trans-Tasman partnership campaign launching next week aimed at enticing Australians to do a road trip around the South Island this summer.

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Rugby legends put on great show for Queenstown crowd

By Jen Andrews on 18 September 2011
There was plenty of passion, flair and entertainment on the rugby field in Queenstown today (18 September) as the Classic All Blacks stormed home against the French Classics 57-15 in front of a capacity crowd.

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Team lineups announced for Queenstown’s classic rugby match

By Jen Andrews on 8 September 2011
One of the great loose forwards of world rugby is bolstering an already strong French team coming to do battle against the Classic All Blacks in Queenstown next weekend.

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Queenstown kicks off two months of festivities

By Jen Andrews on 2 September 2011
A two-month long region-wide celebration of all things Kiwi kicks off in Queenstown this week, giving visitors even more reasons to visit the four-season lake and alpine resort this spring.

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Queenstown ‘loaded’ with great value spring deals

By Jen Andrews on 8 August 2011
Following Queenstown’s Great Hotel Giveaway last week, now there are even more great reasons to book a holiday to New Zealand’s spectacular four season lake and alpine resort during September and October.

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TRENZ to return to Southern Lakes for 2012

By Jen Andrews on 5 August 2011
Southern Lakes will once again host New Zealand’s largest international travel showcase, TRENZ 2012, following on from its ground breaking success in 2011.

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300 free hotel rooms up for grabs in Queenstown, NZ

By Jen Andrews on 31 July 2011
New Zealand’s premier visitor destination is celebrating Rugby World Cup 2011 with a 300 night Queenstown hotel giveaway during September and October.

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New-look QueenstownNZ website designed to inspire and motivate

By Jen Andrews on 20 July 2011
A major remodelling of Queenstown’s official website has been designed to inspire and motivate visitors while delivering them directly to relevant and useful content as quickly as possible.

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Flurry of excitement as snowfalls blanket Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 15 July 2011
Mother Nature has responded to a call for snow and blanketed New Zealand’s Southern Lakes region over the past week, leaving its six ski fields in superb shape for the winter season.

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The French to storm Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 14 July 2011
On 14 July 1789 the people of Paris stormed the Bastille and now, 221 years later, the French are coming to do battle in Queenstown.

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Hot tickets go on sale for Queenstown Classics rugby match

By Jen Andrews on 6 July 2011
Some of the hottest tickets in town go on sale this Friday (8 July) for a classic feature match guaranteed to spark international rugby rivalries.

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Queenstown comes to REAL New Zealand Festival party

By Jen Andrews on 6 July 2011
Local rugby fans and viewers and got their first taste of RWC 2011 and the REAL New Zealand Festival in Queenstown this morning (Wednesday 6 July).

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Queenstown joins the REAL New Zealand Festival party

By Jen Andrews on 14 June 2011
Queenstown will roll out the welcome mat and join the party to celebrate all things Kiwi when the REAL New Zealand Festival kicks off for Rugby World Cup 2011.

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Classic All Blacks superstars announced for Queenstown

By Jen Andrews on 9 June 2011
A stellar lineup of legendary rugby superstars will wing their way to Queenstown later this year for a ‘classic’ feature match that promises to ignite old rivalries.

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Education trade show coup for Queenstown edu-tourism

By Jen Andrews on 1 June 2011
Queenstown has the opportunity to globally showcase its position as an international education destination next year after being confirmed as host venue for Australia and New Zealand’s largest education and student travel trade show.

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Queenstown rates as world-class destination with millions of travellers

By Jen Andrews on 5 May 2011
Queenstown’s staggering beauty and heart-pumping thrills have earned international accolades at this year’s Travellers Choice Awards run by the world's biggest travel website.

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 Biggest Loser Trainer Bob Harper has a laugh watching the contenstants take on the Kawarau Bungy Jump

Queenstown set to be a big winner on US TV

By Jen Andrews on 13 April 2011
Queenstown will beam into millions of US homes in a highly anticipated New Zealand special episode of the hit reality television show “The Biggest Loser: Couples”.

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Aussies encouraged to make tracks to Queenstown this winter

By Jen Andrews on 5 April 2011
Destination Queenstown launches a new winter marketing campaign in east coast Australia this week showcasing the resort as an unbeatable winter holiday destination and providing compelling reasons to visit.

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Gearing up for winter Queenstown-style

By Jen Andrews on 5 April 2011
The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party, the award-winning American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, is back from 24 June to 3 July 2011 to start the winter season off with a bang in New Zealand’s world-renowned lake and alpine resort town.

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 Arrowtown Autumn Festival

Autumn colours a perfect backdrop for Queenstown’s fantastic festivals

By Jen Andrews on 1 April 2011
A fantastic line-up of festivals coupled with a spectacular change of seasons makes Queenstown, New Zealand, the perfect place to visit this autumn.

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UK mountain biking sensations give Queenstown the thumbs up

By Jen Andrews on 7 March 2011
The New Zealand lake and alpine resort town of Queenstown has been given the ultimate seal of approval by international mountain biking sensations the Athertons.

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New 10-day Queenstown Bike Festival gears up

By Jen Andrews on 17 February 2011
Queenstown’s world-class cycle tracks, roads and spectacular lake and alpine scenery are set to take centre stage this Easter with an exciting new 10-day bike festival for all ages and abilities.

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Queenstown voted best Incentive destination

By Jen Andrews on 16 February 2011
Queenstown has struck gold within the Conference and Incentive industry, receiving global recognition as ‘Best Incentive Destination’ at the micenet AUSTRALIA awards in Melbourne today (16 February).

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Queenstown joins New Zealand’s iconic scenic tourist route

By Jen Andrews on 9 February 2011
One of New Zealand’s top tourist routes, renowned for its stunning coastal and inland scenery, has now been extended to include Queenstown.

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Get “down” and dirty in Queenstown this Easter

By Jen Andrews on 25 January 2011
Queenstown’s growing popularity as a must-visit biking destination has been further enhanced with the news that a challenging new downhill mountain biking event will be staged at Easter this year.

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Action-packed events calendar in Queenstown this summer

By Jen Andrews on 27 December 2010
Queenstown is heating up for an action-packed summer with a huge range of concerts, street parties, free community events, art exhibitions, international sporting matches and special New Year celebrations.

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Queenstown – New Zealand’s summer biking hot spot

By Jen Andrews on 22 December 2010
Queenstown is cementing its position as one of New Zealand’s most popular biking destinations with the addition of a series of spectacular trails to suit all styles of riders.

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Festival has huge impact on Queenstown visitor numbers and economy

By Jen Andrews on 16 December 2010
New research shows that besides its position as a much loved local celebration of winter, the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival is also a serious earner with 30,000 visitors taking part and spending an estimated $50m* during the 10 day event.

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Queenstown to host Romania for RWC 2011 training

By Jen Andrews on 29 November 2010
It’s official - Romania will be the third team Queenstown hosts for training during next year’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

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