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National Recognition for Southern events

27 March 2019
National Recognition for Southern events

The New Zealand Events Association recognized the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival and Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow at their 2018 annual awards as national finalists and winners last night.

Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow was awarded Best National Event of 2018 by NZEA, and was also voted New Zealand’s Favourite Event of the Year for 2018 by public popular vote. Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival was a finalist in the Best Regional Event and New Zealand’s Favourite Event. Festival Rae Baker was also a finalist in the 2018 Best Event Sponsorship Professional category.

“It was great recognition for nationally renowned events with such a deep connection to the Southern Lakes,” said Ms Baker who was present at the awards gathering.

The annual NZEA event is also an opportunity for meetings between event professionals from all over New Zealand and events across the spectrum to share knowledge and experience.

In a post awards media release the New Zealand Events Association (NZEA) GM Ségolène de Fontenay said that ‘the busy New Zealand events calendar makes a significant contribution to the economy, enhances New Zealand’s cultural status and provides locals and visitors alike with practically endless opportunities for entertainment and engagement.’

“We’ve got multiple world-class events; even smaller, regional fixtures fit this description. It’s testament to the creativity, innovation, dedication and hard work of people across the country who put everything into their events so their visitors can enjoy themselves, learn and interact with others,” de Fontenay added.

Since 1975, the start of New Zealand’s winter has been marked by Queenstowners with a party the town now welcomes visitors to from far and wide. For the Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival’s 45th birthday, the planned celebrations are coming together thick and fast for 20-23 June 2019.

“It’s going to be a 45th birthday party bursting with events that celebrate and showcase our unique and beautiful wintery region,” said Ms Baker.

The 2018 Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival saw more than 45,0000 unique visitors come to Queenstown, injecting an estimated $4.4million into the Queenstown economy during their stay.

The 45th Real Journeys Queenstown Winter Festival 20-23 June 2019 programme is under wraps until 9am, 16 April 2019 when it will go live on www.winterfestival.co.nz and ticketed events will go on sale immediately.

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