Minister to launch Queenstown tourism conference

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis will tonight launch The Great Southern Tourism Opportunity event in Queenstown alongside the resort’s mayor, Jim Boult.

Kelvin Davis

The closed one-day conference tomorrow at the Rydges Hotel is to be attended by industry and local government representatives and has been organised by Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

The conference is planned to be a one-off event.

A range of presenters “will provide an insight into subjects including; the flow of visitors and benefit around the region, the infrastructure and services that underpin the visitor experience, and the growing pressure on Queenstown as a visitor gateway to the South,” said a statement from QLDC.

“The focus for the event will be how different areas of government and councils could be working better together, and along with facilitated workshop sessions, will aim to raise the conversation to a regional level to the benefit of both resident populations and visitors.”

Boult will lead the welcome tonight followed by a speech from Davis and a performance by a local children’s Kapa Haka group. Media are permitted to attend tonight’s launch but not tomorrow’s conference.

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