Experience Mid Canterbury

Posted by - November 7th, 2017

Experience Mid Canterbury stretches from the Alps to the Ocean, and is bordered by impressive braided rivers, encompassing the Ashburton, Methven/Mt Hutt, Mt Somers High Country and Rakaia areas.

Within an hour form Christchurch International Airport you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, white-water rafting, sky-diving, hiking or mountain biking, a round of golf, visiting gardens, uncovering relics of aviation and transport history, horse trekking or traditional farm stay hospitality.

Experience fishing in our high country lakes, take a balloon, fixed wing or heli-flight providing views of a patchwork landscape, a 4WD adventure into the ”Lord of the Rings” scenery, adore heritage trails, craft markets, art galleries, country festivals and farm tours. A wide range of trade ready accommodation including 4 star, luxury, romantic and backpacker options.

Our district will fill your tie with memorable New Zealand experiences.

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Queenstown student awarded tourism scholarship

Posted by - November 6th, 2017

One lucky Queenstown student has been granted a scholarship to give her the ultimate kickstart in New Zealand’s booming tourism industry.

Wakatipu High School (WHS) student Harriet Dennison, 18, will study a Diploma in Hospitality Management at the award-winning Queenstown Resort College (QRC), thanks to an inaugural partnership between four Queenstown hotels and the college.

The scholarship covers fifty percent of tuition fees for the two-year course and includes a guaranteed paid internship placement at one of AccorHotels’ market-leading Queenstown properties.

The four properties driving this scholarship are Hotel St Moritz, Novotel Queenstown, Sofitel Queenstown and Mercure Queenstown Resort.

Hotel St Moritz General Manager Jo Finnigan presented the scholarship at the high school’s Senior Prizegiving on Thursday afternoon (November 2 2017).

A delighted Harriet said it was “quite incredible” to receive the scholarship.

“I’m very excited to be able to gain further knowledge in the tourism industry through QRC, especially here in Queenstown, my home town,” she said.

“I’m thrilled to have received this scholarship because AccorHotels is such a well-known global brand, and I’m looking forward to learning here in the environment that QRC provides.”

The scholarship was a collective vision from AccorHotels and QRC to open up the world of hotel business to Queenstown students, exposing them to a compelling career path in tourism with the option to travel worldwide.

Students applied for the grant by submitting responses to several questions, including an inventive 100-word response to “the secret of their success if they ran a world-renowned Queenstown hotel in 2028”.

Harriet’s ‘thinking outside the box’ approach led her to create a 100-word mind-map to visually explain her success, outlining every element of running a successful hotel including facilities, customer experience and management.

She also came up with a catchy motto “we deliver what you want, before you know it”.

Hotel St Moritz General Manager Jo Finnigan particularly loved Harriet’s creative application.

“It’s fantastic to see the next generation excited about a career in New Zealand’s dynamic hospitality and tourism industries,” she said.

“Harriet came across as a natural leader and I look forward to watching her career unfold.

“I’m hopeful this inaugural scholarship inspires a pipeline of high school students in the future.”

Queenstown Resort College Chief Executive Charlie Phillips said the scholarship was a “great opportunity” for Harriet to work within New Zealand’s largest export industry.

“Gaining a recognised qualification in the tourism and hospitality sector provides a competitive advantage when it comes to maximising employment opportunities,” he said.

“We look forward to welcoming Harriet to QRC early next year.”

Harriet will begin her Diploma in Hospitality Management at Queenstown Resort College in January 2018.

Picture caption:

1/ Tourism kickstart – Queenstown Resort College Chief Executive Charlie Phillips (L) and Hotel St Moritz General Manager Jo Finnigan (R) presented a tourism scholarship to Harriet Dennison

For more information please contact:

Jo Finnigan
General Manager – Hotel St Moritz
T+64 3 442 4990
M +64 274 700 054

W: www.stmoritz.co.nz

Laura Nicol

Account Manager – Southern PR
T: +64 3 451 0444

M: +64 27 471 7255

W: www.southernpr.co.nz


Posted by - November 6th, 2017

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Ziptrek Ecotours ‘Locals day’ a roaring success for Wakatipu High School Branches Camp

Posted by - October 30th, 2017

Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is celebrating another successful ‘Locals Day’ as over 200 locals ‘took to the trees’ yesterday (Sunday October 29) to raise money for chosen charity Wakatipu High School Branches Camp.

Over $5000 was raised for the Branches Trust which financially supports the iconic camp for Year 10 students.

This year for the first time Ziptrek chose three local volunteer organisations as potential beneficiaries of its Locals Day, and asked the community to vote for which charity they wanted to support.

A resounding 56% of the votes backed Branches Camp, which will host 180 students this year.

On the day locals got to experience the Kea-6 line or Moa-4 line at a heavily discounted rate of $50, with proceedings going towards Branches.

Branches Charitable Trust chair Louise Ward said the money raised was a fifth of the funds the trust needed to put towards the camp to keep it affordable for students and families.

“We can’t thank Ziptrek enough for their help, thanks so much,” she said.

“This amazing environment in the trees is in complete harmony with what we do in Branches with our walking, abseiling, use of harnesses and Ziptrek’s emphasis on sustainability.”

Ziptrek Ecotours has been supporting local charitable organisations for nearly eight years and prides itself on its environmental sustainability.

Ziptrek Ecotours director Trent Yeo said it was “awesome” for their staff to see so many Branches fans and advocates on the day, zipping around the forest.

“We’re proud to support a camp that has been providing safe outdoor experiences for fifty years, something that’s a rite of passage for all young people who grow up in the Queenstown district,” he said.

The Branches Trust was formed in 2009 when Wakatipu High School became increasingly worried about rising costs.

Mr Yeo said Locals Day was a favourite with staff because it gave the company the chance to ‘harness up’ a few locals to give them a glimpse into what the company worked towards and how passionate they were.

“Connecting locals and visitors to our surrounding region is important as we’re educating them about the importance of sustainable environmental practice,” he said.

“That’s why it’s been a privilege to raise money for Wakatipu High School so students can help understand and spread this message.”

Local groups Ziptrek has supported to date include the Lakes Family Centre, Youth Booth, Wakatipu Search & Rescue, Kiwi Birdlife Park, St Johns Ambulance, Queenstown Scouts and Wakatipu Reforestation Trust.

Leading the way in zipline innovation and sustainable business practice, Ziptrek Ecotours launched in New Zealand in November 2009 and since then has completed nearly three-quarters of a million zips through the forest canopy on Queenstown Hill on ‘gravity fed ziplines’.

For further media information or hi-res images please contact:

Ziptrek Ecotours
Nicky Busst
T: 027 721 9017

Southern PR

Fiona Woodham
T: 0274 313 270 

W: www.southernpr.co.nz

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Posted by - October 26th, 2017

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Tourism Export Council Xmas Symposium and Young TEC Summit Open for Registrations

Posted by - October 17th, 2017

The Tourism Export Council (TEC) is delighted to announce that this year the famed Xmas Symposium and Young TEC Summit will take place at the Skycity Convention centre in Auckland. The Young TEC event is on Tuesday 5 December from 1pm and the TEC Symposium follows the next afternoon, Wednesday 6 December from 2pm.

TEC CEO Judy Chen says these two events are offered to TEC and Young TEC members annually to encourage members to come together for networking and to be part of a fun and informative programme with great speakers from both within and outside the industry.

The TEC 2017 speaker line-up includes Paul Yeo from Tourism New Zealand, Tony Boot from BTM Marketing, Kiri Atkinson-Creen presenting on the successful Tuku Iho exhibition and the keynote speaker; Davey Hughes from Swazi Apparel.

The Young TEC Summit, the organisations main networking event of the year, will be delving into the ‘’kiwi way’’ and how kiwi culture contributes to our product and services. The combination of both guest speakers and a panel session makes this event one not to be missed.

The Tourism Export Council would also like to thank in advance Skycity, New Zealand Maori Tourism and BTM Marketing for their kind sponsorship to this year’s event.

For those non-members working in the tourism industry who are interested in finding out more about becoming a TEC member or attending one of our events please be in touch directly with the Tourism Export Council team.

Registrations for both events close at 5pm on Friday 25 November.  For more information please visit http://www.tourismexportcouncil.org.nz/events/.


Crowne Plaza Christchurch wins silver in national award

Posted by - October 11th, 2017

October 11 2017

Crowne Plaza Christchurch wins silver in national award

The design team behind the stunning new Crowne Plaza Christchurch has won a silver award in a national competition.

New Zealand design agency Designworks received the silver accolade in the Best Design Awards for its innovative and fresh design approach for the hotel.

The company was a finalist in the hotly-contested Hospitality Spatial Design category.

Designworks architect Naomi Rushmer said there was an extremely high standard of entries in the category.

“Our entry for Crowne Plaza Christchurch was in the notoriously tough hospitality category with large entry numbers,” she said.

“To win a silver award on the night was a great result.”

The Best Awards are run by The Designers Institute of New Zealand, and Ms Rushmer said Designworks had a “very successful” night with wins across Spatial, Graphic, Best Effect, Product and Ngā Aho categories.

“The awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the new hotel design to a wider audience and we’re delighted with the end result,” she said.

Designworks focused on delivering a creative guest experience for Crowne Plaza Christchurch based around being welcomed into the property, and how that flowed into relaxation, eating and working across the entire hotel.

“As the city’s largest hotel, attracting locals and those from across the globe, the design needed to deliver an exciting and unique experience maximizing the 360-degree views of the Port Hills, Southern Alps and Pacific Ocean,” said Ms Rushmer.

Eye-catching features around the 204-room upscale hotel include a lobby space featuring timber slats wrapping the walls and a large freeform mesh ceiling feature, inspired by the winding Avon River, glowing over the reception pods.

The space connects to the adjacent lobby bar through a striking doubled-sided central fireplace, and a grand open staircase connects to first floor dining, library and meeting rooms.

Full-height windows flood the ground floor with natural light during the day, and dramatic lighting brings the spaces to life at night. The design detail even drills down to feature carpets and rugs drawing inspiration from the braided rivers and topography of the South Island.

Standout design features in rooms include glazed bathrooms (with privacy blinds) that are open to the rooms and changing vistas, and large window seats in every room framing expansive views.

Crowne Plaza Christchurch General Manager Reinier Eulink said the hotel team and owners were “delighted” with the world-class design and congratulated Designworks on the silver award.Crowne Plaza Christchurch lobby welcomes with plush seating and central fireplace. Photo credit-Designworks Grand open staircase and dramatic lighting features at Crowne Plaza Christchurch. Photo credit-Designworks

Community invited to vote on Ziptrek locals day recipient in Queenstown

Posted by - September 21st, 2017

September 21 2017

Community invited to vote on Ziptrek locals day recipient in Queenstown

Ziptrek Ecotours guest enjoying the view of Queenstown

Queenstown tourism company Ziptrek Ecotours is taking its Locals Day to a whole new level.

The multi-award-winning company is giving its local community the chance to vote on which one of three local voluntary organisations should receive thousands of dollars from their annual fundraising day.

The company has chosen what Ziptrek Ecotours director Trent Yeo calls “three amazing organisations” as the lucky short-listed participants for the funds.

Wakatipu Alpine Cliff Rescue, the local high school’s Branches Charitable Trust and the Queenstown Fire Brigade are all volunteer organisations working tirelessly in the district.

They each feature on Ziptrek’s website with an explanatory paragraph on who they are and what they do, and a short video in which the representatives talk about why they should be chosen.

Branches Camp is a 12-day Wakatipu High School Year 10 outdoor camp held in remote Skippers Canyon. It’s regarded as a ‘rite of passage’ by all past and present students, and the Trust was formed in 2009 by locals concerned with escalating costs of running the camp.

Trust chair Louise Ward said as the costs of providing health and safety plans and guides increased each year, the goal of the Trust was to keep costs to students and families to a minimum “so every child in the Wakatipu can afford to go”.

The Wakatipu Alpine Cliff Rescue team is a small, high-profile group of professionally-trained and enthusiastic alpine rescue personnel who operate beyond the scope of normal ambulance, fire LandSAR search teams or police rescue services.

“We help people who can’t help themselves, anywhere that’s steep and difficult where you need technical equipment and competency,” said representative Chris Prudden. “We need a lot of support because ongoing equipment and training costs chew up the money.”

Last but not least, the 100% volunteer Queenstown Fire Brigade features about 50 members from all around the world, operating since 1863 and responding to over 300 calls a year.

Fireman Jesse Johnston said the brigade was “eternally grateful” to members employers who supported their roles. It’s also very appreciative of donations from the community, which is used to provide specialist training for brigade members and fund the purchase of key equipment required by the brigade.

Locals are being encouraged to go to the website to check the links and vote for the organisation they believe is most deserving of the locals’ day proceeds.

Ziptrek have supported seven local groups since opening in 2009, including Lakes Family Centre, Youth Booth, Wakatipu Search & Rescue, Kiwi Birdlife Park, St Johns Ambulance, Queenstown Scouts and Wakatipu Reforestation Trust, raising over a whopping $150K in total.

Voting closes on Saturday September 30 and the locals day will be held on Sunday October 29 2017.

On Locals Day, the local community is given the chance to experience the thrill-seeking fun of Ziptrek for a heavily discounted price. A significant proportion of the proceeds will go to the chosen charity.

Trent Yeo said the company was “dedicated and passionate” about helping another worthwhile local community cause as it “forms part of what Ziptrek stands for”.

Leading the way in zipline innovation and sustainable business practice, Ziptrek Ecotours launched in New Zealand in November 2009 and since then has completed nearly three-quarters of a million zips through the forest canopy on Queenstown Hill on ‘gravity fed ziplines’.


Picture captions:

1/ A Ziptrek Ecotours guest enjoying the view of Queenstown while ‘zipping’ through the trees


For further media information or hi res images please contact:

Ziptrek Ecotours
Nicky Busst
Email: nbusst@ziptrek.com
Phone: 027 721 9017
Web: www.ziptrek.co.nz


Southern PR
Fiona Woodham
E: fiona@southernpr.co.nz
P: 0274 313 270

Web: www.southernpr.co.nz


New Zealand is Worth Loving

Posted by - September 13th, 2017

James Cook Hotel supports New Zealand’s Worth Loving Wellington Pollution Awareness Mural Clean Up Day

Tourism Job Opportunity with New Zealand Maritime Museum

Posted by - August 26th, 2017

New Zealand Maritime Museum – Trade and Tourism Account Manager role

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