Rapid progress is being made on a travel bubble for Cook Islands and New Zealand, as officials in both countries work over time to get it off the ground.
Like other Pacific countries, the priorities for Cook Islands right now are maintaining the country’s Covid-free status and safe economic recovery, said Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand, Elizabeth Wright-Koteka.
Air New Zealand says it is getting plans in place for a travel bubble with the Cook Islands, but the Government still has to give the go-ahead.
Travellers to Rarotonga have been cancelling their accommodation pre-bookings in September and October amid growing uncertainty around when a concrete date will be set for opening the borders.
There is a sharp new focus on rolling out the contact-tracing app CookSafe. Katrina Tanirau reports ahead of today’s major tourism breakfast meeting.
Air New Zealand has pushed out its bookings freeze on international flights to August 9, but Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown remains optimistic Cook Islands tourism will soon be open for business.