Government has a say on sale of Queenstown vessel to RealNZ

Government has a say on sale of Queenstown vessel to RealNZ
The Lady Bowen on an encounter nature cruise at Milford. (Image: Southern Discoveries)
Brent Melville
Southern Discoveries’ incoming chief executive, Kerry Walker, says the sale of its Spirit of Queenstown vessel will allow the tourism operator to double down on its Milford Sound and coaching operations.The sale of the 26-metre catamaran, which provides excursions on Lake Wakatipu, to RealNZ was announced on Thursday.But it remains conditional, partly because the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) still needs to approve the sale, given the 150-seat high-speed vessel is a material part of the Skeggs Group-owned tou...

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