2014 DNA Gay Ski Week QT puts Queenstown on the map with skiing, socialising and sauciness.
The 2014 DNA Gay Ski Week Queenstown has thrilled its largest gathering yet, drawing around 1,300 revellers for a week-long celebration of skiing, socialising and, according to sources,“frivolity.”
“It’s been a fantastic week in which we’ve seen an overall increase in new visitors and many more females this year,” said Sally Whitewoods who organises the event with Mandy Whitewoods.
This year, Gay Ski Week welcomed Air New Zealand on board as a sponsor and launched four competitions for people to win a trip to Queenstown from the USA and Australia.
“The event’s just gone from strength to strength thanks to absolutely overwhelming support from sponsors and locals and the feedback from those who came this year is that they’ll be back,” said Whitewoods.
Winners of the four competitions received return flights, accommodation, tickets to all events and a few Queenstown special extras – passes to Cardrona ski field and a Shotover jet ride.
“It’s a cosy town, so we’ve had a good chance to meet people and make new friends. Everyone gets along and it’s a more relaxed atmosphere than similar events I’ve been to,” said Australian winner, Shelley Hatcher.
Shaun Baker, accompanying the winner from US magazine Instinct said he was looking forward to visiting again.
“This place is awesome; the people are friendly, the activities are incredible and the landscape is breath-taking. It’s been a perfect experience, beyond our expectations.
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest winter pride event wrapped on September 6 with a circus-themed dance party at Queenstown’s Memorial Centre.
The ‘Belvedere Oh, what a circus’ was, according to organisers, the biggest ever dance party to hit Queenstown.
The Memorial Centre saw 350 circus-themed revellers partying until 3am, moving to the tunes of Sydney DJs Adam Love and Kate Monroe – fondly known as the First Lady of House.
“Everyone had a great time and it was so colourful with just brilliant costumes including tigers, strongmen and lots of clowns,” said Whitewoods.
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The only real question is: can we wait for 2015 DNA ski week?
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