Queenstown Convention Bureau sees spike in business event enquiries

The Queenstown Convention Bureau (QCB) have reported a sharp spike in business event enquiries ahead of New Zealand’s borders opening up for vaccinated Australians without the need to quarantine from April 13.

“The timing of the announcement by Prime Minister Ardern could not have been better for QCB,” said Jana Kingston, QCB’s business development manager – Australia and North America.

“It injected a great level of excitement which immediately generated increased interest in our region and business event booking enquiries.

“The announcement was the crucial piece of information needed to give event planners the confidence and certainty they can once again put Queenstown back on their list.

“We have spent two years preparing for this day, we have used our downtime wisely and we are ready to show why Queenstown is still one of the world’s top business event destinations.”

Queenstown has seen a significant investment over the past two years in accommodation, facilities and services to support the return of business events.

Accommodation capacity has increased by 38 per cent since June 2018. New activities such as Oxbow and iFly are now available, new restaurants and bars have opened, and airlines have confirmed they will increase flights between Australia and Queenstown.