Wedding tourists to pay more

Last updated 10:29 04/12/2012

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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.

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