Fine, warm weather greeted the thousands of people who lined
the Queenstown CBD today to take in the action from the
Golden Mile and the annual Street Parade, part of the 2014
Queenstown Winter Festival.
The 2014 Queenstown Winter Festival started last night
with a spectacular fireworks display. The $1 million event
will draw an estimated 45,000 people and inject about $57
million into the local economy - a far cry from 1975, when
the festival was run on $1500 and targeted 5000 local
residents who had nothing to do in winter, Tracey Roxburgh
It was not unrealistic that within 40 years Queenstown would
be an alpine city with a resident population of up to 65,000,
attracting up to 7.5 million visitors a year, primarily from
China, former Queenstown Lakes mayor Clive Geddes said
Queenstown developer Alastair Porter says his company,
Remarkables Park Ltd (RPL), has the money to fund a proposed
conference centre at Frankton, the company believing it to be
the ''optimal site'' and the proposal the one which would
deliver the ''greatest economic value to the district''.
A Queenstown bar with a colourful recent history has been
granted a temporary authority by the Queenstown Lakes
District Licensing Committee under the Sale and Supply of
Alcohol Act, with reduced hours.