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Mice Net : June 2009
queenstown location and story. Stewart Harris of Martin Hughes and Associates (most recently his NZ projects include the Westin and the Spire) who has directed the hotel design evolution for the past 10 years, has embraced this revival with passion. "St Moritz is a timeless classic, beautifully authentic to Queenstown. We’re simply adding some refinement and depth. It is imperative we retain its ‘soul’,” he said. All rooms are receiving a makeover, cleverly blending timeless classics with modern essentials. Texture, colour, light and detail will be key element of this change. An impressive 40 inch LCD television and technology port will be a feature with IPOD and AV connectivity (adding to already available broadband/wifi capability). The Mercure Grand Hotel St Moritz in Queenstown has a quintessentially alpine feel, but with a contemporary twist. let the games begin Come August 21, Queenstown will come alive when the biggest winter sports event outside the Winter Olympics – Winter Games NZ – begins. More than 800 of the world’s top athletes are expected, competing in 26 snow sports disciplines. The 10-day long games also include plenty of off-snow activities for spectators and athletes with live music and entertainment in downtown Queenstown and Wanaka. In a review, audit and assessment of the 2009 Winter Games NZ, Dr John Guthrie of the University of Otago predicts the inaugural Games will bring an economic benefit in excess of $50 million, and when the cumulative benefit is taken into account from successive Games, the THE WARMEST OF WELCOMES HOTEL ST MORITZ QUEENSTOWN Hotel St Moritz Exceptional location, warm spirit and distinctive style combine to reflect the essence of its dramatic Queenstown setting. 10-18 Brunswick Street Queenstown – New Zealand stmoritzqueenstown.com – mgallery.com THE ART OF STAYING. 62 mice.net