A new look Queenstown Winter Festival delivers on expectations as planning for 2018 Festival begins
“We are very pleased with how the new-look Queenstown Winter Festival has run, all the events went very well and it’s been great to see the local community getting behind the revamped programme too,” said Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd.
Budd confirmed that the 44th Queenstown Winter Festival will continue to be central to festival owner Destination Queenstown’s marketing of the resort’s winter to domestic and international visitors.
“Queenstown Winter Festival has proven again to be an important event for our region and Destination Queenstown is fully committed to the success of Queenstown Winter Festival,” said Budd.
The 2018 Queenstown Winter Festival will be centred on the weekend of June 23-24.
“Before then we’ll be doing a thorough review of the Festival and looking at ways we can fine tune the event that overall has been a great success,” said Budd.
Festival director Lisa Buckingham said the compact four-day Festival vindicated organisers’ sense at the end of 2016 that the time had come to reformat the Festival.
“The energy on the streets of Queenstown noticeably lifted the day Festival started and continued right through until Sunday night without flagging thanks to the jam-packed programme and the buzz of visitors and businesses embracing the opportunity to be a part of the positive vibe,” said Buckingham, who will be handing over the baton for next year’s festival.
“The need for a shortened Festival was in my sights from early on in my tenure,” she said. “When I got the go ahead for 2017 to be a four day format I knew that I had to stay on to see it through. Now that it has been the success that we knew it would be, it’s the perfect time for me to pass on the responsibility of continuing to evolve the Festival to someone else.”