Last Time for Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week?

Published Date Author: , July 15th, 2011

Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week faces cancellation as its organiser wrestles with a $25,000 “cashflow head-ache”. Sydney-based Mike Sanford says changing the event’s dates to July 23-31 to avoid clashing with the Rugby World Cup has “killed things well and truly”.

Ash clouds disrupting flights, late snow and the economic climate haven’t helped either, Sanford says. “Let’s be honest, New Zealand’s not a sexy place to travel at the moment.”

Gay Ski Week, now in its ninth year, dragged in 700 gay men and women last year and was worth $1.2 million to the local economy, Sanford claims. The $25,000 shortfall – needed for pre-payments for accommodation, ski buses and other commitments – stems from poor forward bookings, he says.

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