New Zealand skiers have pulled the Queenstown economy from the brink | Instant News


Queuing back at one of the country’s most popular burger joints, Fergburger. And Auckland residents are back to taking photos for Instagram. This is Queenstown, almost as we know it.

“There is no better place in winter than Queenstown,” someone told Newshub.

When some businesses lose up to 90 percent of customs during lockouts, there are dire predictions for Queenstown and Wanaka.

And while they are not yet at the top of the mountain, operators are very surprised at taking domestic orders.

“We see orders from all over NZ and they come thick and fast and that’s great,” said Cardrona and Treble Cone CEO Bridget Legnavsky.

“I really have to go to Air NZ and ask them to increase capacity, so we see a good sign,” Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult said.

Local residents in Queenstown say many things are seen.

“I think it will bring some people from the north who are planning to go abroad,” someone told Newshub.

With heavy snow, the ski season can turn into silver bullets in the region.

Skifield operators across the country do not pin their hopes on opening the Trans-Tasman bubble but rather Kiwis who can afford to buy a winter ski holiday because they cannot go to Bali or Fiji.

Wanaka Olympic skier Jossi Wells has voiced a new winter ski campaign to attract people.

“It’s almost like every day we just see a little bit more buoyancy and a little bit more buoyancy and we get a little more hope from something we think will be very conservative and calm,” Legnavsky said.

CEOs of Whakapapa and Turoa said they also felt more positive with the green light to operate and absorption in sales and bookings.

Recently there was talk of the Queenstown economy becoming a blood bath after COVID-19.

And while there are still some concerns looming for this region, it looks like some of the blood might have been cleansed.



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