As the winter weather begins to migrate towards the Southern Hemisphere, Australians are pulling out their credit cards in record numbers to book holidays at New Zealand’s slopes. Bookings are up 20% over last year, which was up 20% over 2008 according to Stuff.co.nz.
Wholesaler Ski Express attributes these figures to a strong Australian economy and good early-booking deals.
Ski Max managing director Rodney Muller is reporting double-digit growth and says the recent Winter Olympics has “enthused” Aussies to book Queenstown holidays. He says the company has already sold the 25 seat per flight it has been allocated on every Pacific Blue flight into Queenstown this winter except for early-season June and late-season September periods.
This is welcome news for international distributors and manufacturers coming off a tough year here in North America, and according to NZ Ski CEO James Coddington if the forecasts of local farmers are to be believed, Queenstown is in for a very long and cold winter.