Merchant of Paradise plans to release its $300 million “integration development” plan for the outer islands and part one of Merchant of Paradise’s two-part “Paradise Prosperity Plan” to the government next week.
A large delegation of Cook Islands government officials from the environment, marine and seabed mineral sectors, together with representatives from Te Ipukarea Society and Korero o te Orau attended a three day conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on the role of the Blue Economy in advancing the achievement of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda.
About 20 per cent of the cruise ships to the Cook Islands this year were unable to transfer passengers to the shore during their visits to Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium, previously known as the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa, has been recognised as the best family resort (or hotel) in the Pacific Islands.
The captain of the visiting cruise ship Maasdam decided to cancel plans to bring passengers ashore by tender after becoming concerned about northerly sea swells off Avatiu early in the morning.
The Cook Islands government has welcomed Australia’s stepped-up Pacific engagement, announced by Australian prime minister Scott Morrison in Queensland yesterday of a package of cooperation and development initiatives including a new Pacific Infrastructure Financing Facility.