The 2022 Wanaka A&P Show has been cancelled due to Covid-19 Red traffic light settings.

The announcement is expected to be a crushing blow for the Wanaka community and wider Queenstown Lakes district and follows the cancellation of several other major events that bring significant economic benefit to the area.

The Wanaka A&P Show, due to be held on March 11 and 12 this year, typically attracts 45,000 people and brings more than $28.6million to the local community each year.

Upper Clutha A&P Society chairman Mike Scurr said the decision was devastating.

“We have tried to delay our decision for as long as possible before time constraints prevented our show community – the management team, sponsors, competitors, trade exhibitors, members, contractors, entertainment providers and volunteers – from successfully setting up and attending the show.

“This event would have provided a much-needed cash injection to hundreds of trade exhibitors and, importantly, to our local accommodation and hospitality businesses, plus local community groups.”