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About the Queenstown Travel Trade team.

When it comes to selling Queenstown, NZ to the world, the Travel Trade team knows the importance of understanding the destination so that you can build itineraries confidently and dream weave travel experiences that are tailored to your business and client's specific needs.

The Destination Queenstown Travel Trade team work closely with the travel trade and the industry to help promote Queenstown, the Home of Adventure. On our travel trade website, you will find up-to-date information on new Queenstown activities, restaurants and accommodation developments, including tools and resources such as our PowerPoint library, Queenstown blurbs, image gallery and itinerary inspiration. 

We work with a number of partners to promote Queenstown and increase our profile in the domestic and international travel industries. We have strong ties with our members (local business and tourism operators), Tourism New Zealand, airports, airlines, regional tourism organisations and industry bodies. If you have any questions, please contact us or learn more about Queenstown Travel Trade.


Meet the Team

Kiran Nambiar

Business Development & Convention Bureau Director

+64 3 441 0700 ext. 216

Kia Ora, hello, I have been living in Queenstown since January 2018, however my attachment to Queenstown started over 15 years back on my first visit here while I was working with Tourism New Zealand. Autumn is my favourite time of the year when everything around town turns green and gold! I love the trails around town and try to get out on walks with my three year old son as often as I can. Please do feel free contact me for any information you need about Queenstown for your clients.

Linda McIntosh

Trade Marketing Manager

+64 3 441 0700 ext. 209

A born and bred Kiwi, that has called Queenstown home since 2002. I vividly remember travelling to Queenstown back in 97’ and writing a postcard from the Queenstown Bay lakefront to my family, that said “one day I would live in this place”! I was in awe of the intimacy of this little town that was complemented in striking contrast to the grandeur of the vistas that surround it. Somehow, still to this day, it makes me feel that there is something greater at play living here. Now married and raising two girls and there is no place greater to call home!

Alex Holmes

Business Development Executive

+64 3 441 0700 ext. 218

Originally from Canterbury, I now call Queenstown and Otago home. Prior to being a resident, I grew up visiting and exploring Queenstown and the wider Queenstown-Lakes District, so am very familiar with all of the adventures that are on offer here in Queenstown. Prior to my move, I spent 6 years living in Christchurch and have been lucky enough to have lived, studied, or travelled across five continents. I'm excited to call Queenstown home and I'm enjoying taking advantage of everything offered throughout the four seasons in the Home of Adventure. I'm here to help, please do not hesitate to contact me for any information or enquiries that you have.

Sarah McDonald

QCB Business Development & Marketing Manager

+64 3 441 0700 ext.213

Creating unforgettable, unique experiences, and sharing them with others is what gets me out of bed in the morning. Originally from Dunedin, Queenstown was always a favourite holiday destination and once Queenstown gets under your skin, it’s hard to stay away! Some days you’ll find me exploring a new walking track, while others I’ll be reading by the lake or enjoying a long lunch at new eatery with friends. No two days are the same, and every day in Queenstown can be unforgettable. I look forward to helping you create your dream event so please be in touch.

Partnerships and alliances

Destination Queenstown works with a number of partners to promote Queenstown and increase our profile in the domestic and international travel industries. We have strong ties with our members (local business and tourism operators), Tourism New Zealand, airports, airlines, regional tourism organisations and industry bodies.

The Southern Lakes International Marketing Alliance

The Southern Lakes International Marketing Alliance (IMA) is a marketing collective made up of Destination Queenstown and Lake Wanaka Tourism and Central Otago. The alliance promotes the collective Southern Lakes region as a premium visitor destination in long haul markets via participation in Tourism New Zealand-led trade missions and roadshows (e.g. Kiwi Links) in UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

New Zealand Tourism Industry

Destination Queenstown is a member of a number of tourism industry bodies to ensure we are up to speed on issues concerning our industry and to make the most of opportunities. These include: Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA)Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ), Tourism Export Council (TECNZ) and Tourism New Zealand Travel Trade.

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited and Auckland Airport Partnership

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Auckland Airport and Destination Queenstown have teamed up to sell New Zealand's gateway city and the southern resort town to North American leisure, business and incentive travellers.

The three organisations work together on joint sales calls and in-market representation, road shows, media and travel agent visits and promotion through owned channels. They are developing itineraries that will focus on both regions: food, golf, luxury, outdoors, arts and culture, ''low-carbon experiences,'' and a specific incentives itinerary.

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