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Autumn Bureau Remarks from the Queenstown Convention Bureau
Welcome – Queenstown update
As summer in Queenstown turns into autumn, blazing red and gold leaves highlight the change of season across the Central Otago and Queenstown landscapes. Our mornings and evenings are getting cooler but the warm sunny days are perfect for your delegates and clients to explore the region by land, sky or water, soaking up the majestic scenery and enjoying a huge range of activities and team building challenges. The region’s vineyards are alive with activity at this time of year as more than 6,000 tonnes of grapes are harvested before winter frosts set in – a perfect time for a wine tour or vineyard lunch.
We encourage you to get in touch and discuss options for your conference and incentive groups with us. Autumn is the perfect time to secure good availability and off peak rates as well as enjoying all the year round adventures Queenstown has to offer.
It was great to catch up with many of you at AIME in Melbourne last month. Queenstown continues to be a popular destination for Conference & Incentive groups especially with the NZ dollar being very favourable for those coming from overseas. We also have some exciting events happening in Queenstown during the autumn season including the Motatapu Adventure/Bike/Run, Queenstown Bike Festival, NZPGA Pro Am golf tournament at The Hills, Gibbston Harvest Festival, and Arrowtown Autumn Festival – for more information check out our website.
The Convention Bureau team will be at MEETINGS 2012 in Auckland (13th-15th June) along with other C&I operators so we look forward to seeing many of you there. In the meantime, if we can offer you any assistance for enquiries you may receive over the next few months please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Marketing Executive Louise Jennis.
Kylie Brittain [email protected]
Convention Bureau Manager
Welcome – Australia update
It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces recently at AIME 2012, and equally exciting to see that interest in Queenstown is as strong as ever. There are some great new product offerings in this newsletter – please take a moment to have a look through it.
Applications for MEETINGS NZ 2012 are now open. This annual event showcases the very best of what NZ (and of course Queenstown) has to offer conference and incentive buyers. If you would like to attend this key trade show, please click here for more information.
And for those of you in Sydney who would like a Queenstown update shortly, I will be visiting your fine city the week of 19 March. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a catch up. Otherwise, if we can offer you any assistance for enquiries you receive over the next few months or if you need more information on any of the products featured please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Jana Kingston [email protected]
Business Development Manager
Destination Queenstown news
2012/2013 Product Directory
Don’t forget our new 2012/13 Queenstown & Southern Lakes Product Directory, Meeting & Incentive Planner is now available. If you haven’t already received your copy, or if you require additional copies for your office please email us. A downloadable version of the Directory is also available online.
We regularly update the Conference and Incentive section of the website so check out our news and product update blogs and watch out for our tweet alerts. Below are Destination Queenstown’s various social media channels so ‘follow’ us and we will ‘follow’ you back.
Conference & Incentive twitter feed: @QCBqueenstown
Trade twitter feed: @Tradequeenstown
CEO twitter feed: @TonyatDQ
Media twitter feed: @mediaqueenstown
Consumer twitter feed: @Purequeenstown
Flickr: Join our QueenstownNZ Flickr group.
Queenstown has been getting some great accolades and write ups around the world over the summer period! Here’s a quick summary:
- Queenstown was named one of Trip Advisor’s Top 15 Destinations on the Rise
- The Malaysia Star gave Queenstown a glowing review as one of the world’s top 10 places to visit
- Queenstown is expected to ‘dominate’ as an easily accessible ski destination for Aussies this year according to the Sydney Morning Herald
- The region and its wine made a big impression on US magazine Wine Enthusiast which gave it a great write-up and named it "the pre-eminent new region for Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand”
- Wotif.co.nz recently released its top 10 NZ destinations for 2011 based on the number of accommodation bookings made through the website and Queenstown is now in 3rd place behind Auckland and Wellington. Click here for full rankings.
Air New Zealand won the Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year award for the second time in three years. From November 2012, Air New Zealand will commence a new Rotorua-Queenstown (via Christchurch) route which will operate six days a week in both directions.
Air New Zealand is also introducing a new three times-a-week service from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook for a six week trial period of 23 December 2012 – 27 January 2013. This will allow easy access for many tourists and allow for an overnight stay at Mt Cook to be built into itineraries for groups and FITs.
Jetstar is now operating daily direct flights between Wellington and Queenstown.
Emirates is up-gauging its Dubai - Melbourne - Auckland service from the existing B777-300ER service to a double-decker A380. With the second A380 service in place, Emirates will offer a total of 1,686 seats a day in each direction.
Hilton hot deal
Every new conference, residential meeting or event contracted before 30 April at the Hilton Queenstown, Kawarau Hotel (or any other New Zealand Hilton property) and held before 31 December 2012 will receive:
- Double Hilton HHonors Event Bonus Points
- Complimentary wireless internet connection within the provided function room
- Up to 2 complimentary accommodation rooms per night per 15 paid rooms
Crowne Plaza Queenstown
Crowne Plaza is located in the heart of Queenstown and offers 4 lake view meeting rooms with stunning views of Queenstown Bay and The Remarkables. Crowne Plaza Queenstown is truly “The Place to Meet” in Queenstown. Special accommodation rates from $149 per person and Full Daily Delegate Rates from $59 per person. ALSO, special PCMR bonus for events with over 40 room nights - 40,000 points and complimentary internet in the meeting room. For terms and conditions or more information click here.
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Choosing Novotel means you can count on a central lakefront location, impeccable organisation, expert advice and now exceptional value-for-money savings with these two Autumn offers:
- Stay and experience autumn with accommodation rates from only $109 per room, per night
- Meet in Fall with our Delegate Day Package now only $45 per person, normally $59 each
Package includes the following: A full days meeting room hire, arrival tea and coffee, morning and afternoon tea served with a gourmet break item, gourmet lunch served in Elements Restaurant, in-built sounds system with speakers, 1 x whiteboard and flipchart. Plus, enjoy complimentary data projector hire including screen.
Coach Transfers – New product
Queenstown Resort College – New Product
HQ New Zealand – New Team Building Programme
Kawarau Bungy Centre Relaunch
Kiwi Birdlife Park – C&I Facilities
Kiwi Birdlife’s spacious main building is conveniently located a two minute walk from the town centre and features exposed rimu, cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a 5-acre sanctuary for native birdlife and reptiles. The park also has nocturnal kiwi houses, walk-in aviaries and a replica Maori hunting village with free-roaming weka. Facilities include a full commercial kitchen and BBQ area. For more information click here.
Memorial Hall - Upgrade
In early July the upgrade of Queenstown Memorial Hall will begin. This upgrade includes removing the mezzanine floor, extending and modernising the foyer and lobby, installation of new comfortable and retractable automated tiered seating which will also increase capacity. A new heating, cooling and ventilation system as well as improved lighting and sound infrastructure will be installed along with more toilets and upgrading of existing facilities and changing rooms. This upgrade will make Memorial Hall more suitable and cost effective for conference & incentive groups wanting an offsite, centrally located venue.
The Winedown Sensory Experience
Ziptrek Ecotours Update
Skippers Canyon Jet – New Fleet
You vs Wild – New Programme
Southern Explorer – New Product
Autumn is upon us, but fear not, our Events calendar has never been so jam packed. Clients and delegates visiting Queenstown will be able to experience both nationally and internationally recognised festivals and events, for example New Zealand’s PGA Pro-Am Golf Championship, Arrowtown Autumn Festival, Queenstown Bike Festival and the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party, the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival. To check out the full events calendar click here.
Gibbston Harvest Festival (19 March 2012)
NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship (29 March-1 April 2012)
Queenstown Bike Festival (31 March-9 April 2012)
Arrowtown Autumn Festival (20 - 29 April 2012)
American Express Queenstown Winter Festival (22 June - 1 July 2012)
The QCB team will be attending the following events in the upcoming year, for more details on any of these please click here.
7 – 10 May
13 – 14 June
Shanghai and Beijing
19 – 23 March
DQ Aus Roadshow
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
6 – 9 November
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