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The tourism industry will tonight celebrate excellence and outstanding performance with the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards.
Cook Islander Ani Katu is representing the nation at the current World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2018, hosted by New Zealand Maori Tourism in conjunction with the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA).
The government has confirmed the availability of a shipping subsidy for vessels servicing the northern group islands, with the first subsidised voyage having taken place earlier this month.
A recent report released by the Asian Development Bank has indicated that the Cook Islands economy continues to be the strongest performing in the South Pacific.
A pilot programme fast-tracking work permits for New Zealand passport holders willing to work in the Cook Islands on a short-term basis has been extended for another year, and will also be opened up to Australian passport holders.