December 17 2018 by LWB Team
Our region is about to feel the influx of the holiday crowds as we temporarily become the second and fourth largest cities in the South Island with more than 100,000 people in Queenstown on any given day and 80,000 in Wanaka. That’s bigger than Dunedin and Invercargill. This is a huge number of people that need to be accommodated, entertained, fed, watered and then cleaned up after.
While most of us enjoy some down time, relaxing and enjoying our stunning landscapes and the amazing activities that the region has to offer, let’s not forget all those who do have to work over this period to ensure the rest of us get to have a great time during the holidays. Hospitality workers are the most visible group, but there’s also a large number of people who work in council, essential services or volunteer behind the scenes to make sure our town runs smoothly during the festive period.
From medical professionals to our volunteer fire brigade and those who assist local charities over what can be a stressful time of year, there’s a dedicated bunch who will be kept busy making sure everyone has a safe and memorable Christmas and New Year. While you tuck into the Christmas ham and pudding (preferably with brandy butter), don’t forget to think of all the volunteers who are so essential to our well-being and say a quick thank you! If you’re one of the hard-working group working this festival season: thank you from all of us at the Lakes Weekly for your service. You are legends!
We cannot escape; it’s a crazy busy period in town, which puts a lot of pressure on our resources – the roads will be even more manic, the parking impossible, the lines in the supermarket will be insane and of course there are events everywhere to attend. Queenstown has been a popular Christmas destination for many years – there’s no escaping that. It’s very likely to test our patience, our innate kindness and our welcoming spirit. But remember that Christmas is a time to share goodwill, reflect and spend time with family or friends and we’re lucky to spend it in such a wonderful place.
From the Directors, management and the whole team at the Lakes Weekly, LWBTV and JobFix thank you for your contributions, your enthusiastic feedback and support. From our family, we wish you and your family a very merry Christmas.