Gay Ski Week QT – Meet the New Owners

Gay Ski Week QT, the largest Winter Pride event in the Southern Hemisphere, will change hands from GLAM Enterprises and be owned and operated by South Pacific Pride Limited.

Sally & Mandy Whitewoods, founders of Gay Ski Week QT say “The event has brought a lot to Queenstown and a lot to us in its short 6 years. We have seen the event grow organically by 300%, with an impressive repeat rate of 60%. This proves Gay Ski Week QT has ultimately achieved what we set out to do, to offer the LGBT community somewhere safe, friendly and fun to visit”

GLAM Enterprises decision to sell Gay Ski Week QT came as a result of the events continual growth. “The Gay Ski Week QT continues to grow but at some point we had to make a decision on our focus going forward as we have other businesses to manage as well as raising a family.’ says Sally Whitewoods, ‘The best step forward for Gay Ski Week QT was to sell to someone that had similar vision of this successful LGBT event”.

New owners, South Pacific Pride Limited, are local couple Mike Hughes & Martin King who are experienced in events and tourism. Both are heavily involved in the local LGBT community, volunteering and following a successful Gay Ski Week 2017 showed interest in purchasing the event.

Mike Hughes says “This is an exciting time, we have been attending the event since its inception and keen to see it grow. We see great potential in the event and our combined experience will bring some new developments to the Gay Ski Week QT.” The local Queenstown couple are excited about the opportunity and will start preparing for the event which kicks off on September 01, 2018.

“We couldn’t have asked for better owners in Mike & Martin to purchase the event as their values and vision are very aligned to ours” says the Whitewoods.

South Pacific Pride Limited take over Gay Ski Week QT on the 18 January 2018 and will continue to work with the current team in preparation for 2018’s event.

Gay Ski Week QT 2018 will be held 01-08 September 2018, tickets will go on sale 01 February 2018.