Energetic start to Trade Day

Tuesday July 31, 2018 Written by Published in Local
BTIB trade and marketing offi cer Mona Taio (left) with vendors from Pukapuka. 18073028 BTIB trade and marketing offi cer Mona Taio (left) with vendors from Pukapuka. 18073028

The Cook Islands Business Trade and Investment Board (BTIB)-organised Trade Days got off to a boisterous start at the Constitution Park yesterday.

The Bank of the Cook Islands-sponsored event, which will end on Friday, features a selection of colourful and beautifully-made Cook Islands arts and crafts, local dancing and music.

It also has stalls selling some of the best local food and other refreshments.

BTIB trade and marketing officer Mona Taio said 50-plus vendors would be selling their products during the week at the Trade Days. This, she said, was an increase from past years.

Taio said they have made some changes to the event from the past years and were happy with the feedback they were receiving.

“We have gone out and done surveys and we know the areas that we need to work on. In saying that, we have been able to capture those areas we need to work on,” Taio said.

“Each year we are trying to improve but I think this year, since it’s a bigger year with the Pa Enua involved and a lot more tourists, we have definitely improved some of our services.”

Yesterday, the Manea Pacifica group from Sydney, Australia stole the show while entertaining the crowd with a number of dance items.

Taio said the Manea Pacifica group was in Rarotonga to showcase Cook Islands culture.

“They are here to show our Cook Islands people that Cook Islands culture does exist (in Sydney).”

Taio is calling on visitors and locals to check out the Trade Days, which are open every day till Friday from 9am to 2pm.

She thanked BTIB staff and the Bank of the Cook Islands for their support. 

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