Destination Queenstown says it is not concerned the resort
has slipped one place to become New Zealanders' fourth most
desirable spot to visit for a holiday in the next six months.
The news came in the latest ''AA Mood of the New Zealand
Traveller'' survey, released this week by the Tourism
Industry Association. The 1016 Kiwis surveyed ranked
Wellington top, the same result as
in the May survey. The capital was followed by Auckland, also
second in May; Christchurch, up from fourth; Queenstown, down
from third in May; and Nelson, up from sixth in May.
However, Queenstown was the No 1 destination for New Zealand
travellers in June this year, according to a survey of 17,000
New Zealanders by Travelbug.
Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd said it
was not surprising the major centres were identified as
holiday hotspots and most people visiting the cities would
stay with friends and relatives.
Asked how Destination Queenstown members were feeling about
the tourism business this summer, Mr Budd said there was ''a
very positive outlook for the next couple of months -
probably the most positive I've seen in a couple of years''.
New Air New Zealand and Jetstar services helped, he said.