Wedding tourists to pay more
Brides and grooms from outside the Queenstown Lakes District now face much higher costs to get married at the popular Lake Hayes pavilion.
The fee for ratepayers will remain at $1300 (including GST), but out-of-towners will pay $1720 for a three-day hire (Friday to Sunday). Similar-sized 100-person venues charge between $1500 to $3100 (excluding GST) per day.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council's community services committee adopted a proposal today to increase the fees charged after a recommendation by community services manager Paul Wilson.
In a report, Mr Wilson says says the pavilion is fully booked for the wedding season for September to May with more than two-thirds f the wedding hires coming form outside the district, the majority form Invercargill and Dunedin.
The Southland Times