The government is anticipating an increase in old-age pension payments as 15 per cent of the Cook Islands workforce is heading for retirement age in the next nine years.
Cook Islands Tourism Corporation chairman Ewan Smith made a stirring speech at Friday night’s Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism awards, praising government for its commitment to the industry, while also making a call to action.
A prominent figure in the tourism industry says growth in tourism has been a catalyst for the current shortage of long-term rental accommodation on Rarotonga.
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.