New faces at Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Media Release from Crowne Plaza Queenstown Queenstown’s premier lakefront hotel, Crowne Plaza Queenstown, has welcomed two passionate ‘foodies’ to its food and beverage operations. Chilean-born Alvaro Morales has been appointed Head Chef, while Colombian-born Juan Gomez takes the reins as F&B Manager. With culinary experience from across the globe, Alvaro is elated to step into…

Having worked for a number of international hotel chains in South America and Europe, he earlier honed his culinary skills working with renowned chefs Joan Roca and Albert Adrià while interning in three-star Michelin restaurants in Spain.

His passion for delivering banquets stems from fond family memories of enjoying huge feasts with his family in the Chilean countryside.

“Food is family, family is life, and life is family,” he said.

“This is something my grandmother taught me and is still at the heart of my cooking style today.

“Not only is Queenstown a paradise in which to live, it’s foodie heaven, and I’m so excited to be here.

“Food is an integral part of a visitor’s holiday experience and I’m looking forward to creatively showcasing my Spanish heritage, made possible with the exceptional New Zealand ingredients on offer.

For F&B Manager Juan, his desire to challenge himself and progress his career led him to Queenstown.

Joining InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in 2012, Juan has spent the last five years working in InterContinental Wellington’s Lobby Lounge, working his way up from host to supervisor to managerial positions.

His passion for drinks has naturally progressed into a love for exceptional food experiences, and he’s looking forward to being mentored by general manager Anna Edie.

“I’m really inspired by Anna’s comprehensive international hotelier experience and look forward to working under her leadership,” he said.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead my team to offer unique guest experiences for visitors and locals dining at threesixty restaurant, as well as conference delegates and business groups.”

General Manager Anna Edie is “delighted” to welcome Alvaro and Juan to the property.

“It’s an exciting time as we’re heading into a busy winter, and I look forward to watching our food and beverage operations grow from strength to strength under their leadership.”

Conveniently located in the heart of Queenstown’s visitor, retail and business district, Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s ground-floor threesixty restaurant is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, High Tea, or a good coffee.

About Crowne Plaza Queenstown
Located in the heart of Queenstown with superb mountain and lake views, Crowne Plaza Queenstown offers a rejuvenating, friendly and enjoyable experience.

As a 4+ Qualmark rated hotel, rooms provide a peaceful place to stay and are furnished in neutral tones. The chic bar area and award-winning threesixty restaurant enables you to connect with friends, family or colleagues in a modern and contemporary environment.

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VisitorPoint makes TRENZ debut

Media Release from VisitorPoint New Zealand’s largest and most successful distributor of travel and tourism information is attending the country’s biggest annual business-to-business travel and trade event for the first time. With more than 30 years’ experience in brochure distribution, VisitorPoint will showcase its new client reporting products at TRENZ 2018 in Dunedin, sharing its…

Business development manager Jenni Powell said the 300 operators attending TRENZ made it an “obvious choice” for them to attend.

“After listening to the tourism and travel industry about the need for data, we’ve made significant investment into the development of our warehousing and distribution systems to create a one-stop-shop for operators’ print collateral management needs,” she said.

The system being unveiled for the first time at TRENZ will enable tourism operators to manage their print marketing investment in real time using the live VisitorPointOnline Reporting Suite.

Thanks to the innovative system, operators can access live reporting to review existing distribution contracts and costs, and monitor their national stock holding at the click of a mouse.

Most importantly, and in real time, they can track activity through VisitorPoint’s network of merchandised circuits as well as warehouse dispatches to trade.

“It’s vital information for a business to access so they can improve performance marketing to advertisers, as well giving them an invaluable insight into feeder markets and product demand,” said Jenni.

“This in turn helps predict accurate print runs to minimise wastage and maximise return.

“As the largest national distributor of travel information in New Zealand, we have great data to share with the industry which is extremely valuable to help ensure businesses are making the most of their print investments.”

VisitorPoint is currently celebrating its biggest year ever, with over 11 million tourism brochures distributed into the market.

“Our new online reporting suite could not have come at a better time, giving operators national visibility on demand for tourism products.”

Leisure and business tourism is now contributing $1.5 billion into the regional economy annually, with Queenstown and Christchurch leading the charge ahead of Wellington, Auckland, and Hamilton and Waikato.

“Printed tourism brochures are certainly not a thing of the past in New Zealand,” said Jenni.

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General Manager Appointed for iFLY Queenstown

Media Release from iFLY Queenstown A Queenstown business leader with wide-ranging tourism industry experience has been appointed General Manager of the most exciting new tourism venture to launch in New Zealand this year. Matt Wong, 40, will bring his strong business and operational management skills to iFLY Indoor Skydiving, New Zealand’s only indoor skydiving wind…

iFLY Queenstown is a project between SkyVenture International which manufactures iFLY wind tunnels and Auckland-based couple Emma and Gary Beyer, former skydiving world champions from the UK and the US.

Matt, who starts his new role in early June, says he “can’t wait” to be working on such an exciting and unique adventure tourism activity.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity to help launch and manage the most dynamic business to enter the Queenstown tourism market in years,” he says.

“iFLY Queenstown will be accessible to a wide demographic because it’s safe for all from three years upwards while still having the adrenalin factor.

“It’s perfect for all the new and emerging growth markets for tourism, and as it can continue to operate when the sun goes down and in any weather it fills a gap in the market where there’s not a heck of a lot of options for adventure tourism, and especially families, in the evenings.

“Thanks to Emma and Gary the company has a small ‘Kiwi’ feel to it with two passionate skydive professionals at the helm who are driven to make this thing work, with the backing of a global ‘family’ of experts in the iFLY international arena.

“To have directors who love what they do and are as passionate about flying as they are has been make or break for me. I can’t wait to build the team and the business and look forward to seeing how far we can take this dream of flight in the next three to five years.”

Matt’s most recent role has been as General Manager for Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters in Queenstown, including overseeing and driving business for Queenstown Snowmobiles, the Franz Josef i-SITE Visitor Centre and helicopter operations in Franz Josef.

He was previously General Manager of the Queenstown i-SITE Visitor Centre, and World Travellers Queenstown and Wanaka.

iFLY Queenstown co-director Emma Beyer describes Matt’s appointment as an “important step” towards launching the business and growing a dedicated team of management and skydive professionals from around the world.

“For anyone who’s ever dreamed of flying, this is for you,” she says.

“Being in the wind tunnel is exactly the same freefall sensation as when skydivers jump from a plane, only you can safely float with no parachute, no jumping and no gravity pull towards Planet Earth!

“We’re delighted to have Matt on board to help bring this unforgettable experience to life, one that comes with 100% pure flight loaded with adrenalin, adventure and attitude.

“It will leave visitors grinning from ear to ear and is just as safe for kids as it is thrilling for teens and challenging for adults.”

iFLY Queenstown is located in Brecon Street, overlooking Queenstown Bay and the Remarkables Mountain range. Once open, it will operate every day of the year, come rain or shine. On-site facilities include a 360-degree viewing platform so visitors can share the magic with friends and family, and a bar and café.

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Treble Cone Extends Earlybird Season Pass Pricing

Media Release from Treble Cone Winter arrived with recent snow down to low levels and freezing overnight temperatures. And the good news is that snow lovers are in luck, thanks to Wanaka’s Treble Cone ski area. The South Island’s largest ski resort has extended its earlybird season pass sale to give die-hard local supporters, and…

Earlybird prices extended until the end of April (Monday April 30) means skiers, snowboarders and families can snap up season passes to hit the slopes as often as they want this winter, helping celebrate Treble Cone’s 50th birthday.

The deal is also the last opportunity for families to purchase a Family Unlimited season pass for two adults and children aged 17 or under, the perfect stress-free way for the whole family to enjoy winter goodness on the legendary Treble Cone slopes.

The earlybird extension is Treble Cone’s way of saying “thanks” to its loyal locals and avid fans.

For families living in Wanaka and Central Otago the offer gets even better, with Treble Cone reintroducing an extensive and better value local pass for children enrolled in Queenstown Lakes District and Central Otago District Council schools.

These passes are available to students from as far afield as Roxburgh and Glenorchy, part of Treble Cone’s renewed commitment to attract the next generation of young skiers and snowboarders. Passes are available until May 31, priced at just $99 for primary children and $149 for intermediate/secondary children.

Access to the mountain in 2018 will be easier than ever with the introduction of a free TC Mountain Shuttle to drive guests from the bottom of the access road straight to the slopes.

With lift access to 1960m, pass holders will be grinning ear-to-ear thanks to unlimited riding and no blackout days – meaning there’s no chance of missing a precious powder day.

Unlimited earlybird adult and child season passes are just $1399 and $349 respectively, providing full mountain lift access throughout the season. A Family Unlimited season pass is priced at $2599.

Renowned for its 550 hectares of skiable terrain, the longest vertical in the Southern Alps (a leg-burning 700m) and a sunny northwest-facing beginner area, Treble Cone is the perfect destination for every level of skier or snowboarder.

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