Tourism critic is off the mark

Thursday August 09, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
What it lacks in sophistication, Rarotonga more than makes up for with features like its beautiful, uncrowded beaches. 18080807 What it lacks in sophistication, Rarotonga more than makes up for with features like its beautiful, uncrowded beaches. 18080807

Dear Editor,

Your letter writer complaining about tourism arrival numbers and quality is way off the mark.

Twelve hundred dollars per night tourists can only stay in a handful of properties that meet that standard on Rarotonga and Aitutaki. 

We don’t have Mercedes Benz cars to drive them around.

We don’t have Chanel / Christian Dior shops for them to shop in.

We don’t have Michelin star restaurants for them to dine in.

We don’t have professional butlers to be at their beck and call 24/7.

In fact, the “don’t have” list is endless. 

Tahiti has all of this to cater for their $1200 per night visitors, but Tahiti’s visitor arrivals are flat, and they are now chasing New Zealand and Australian visitors. Thankfully we have beaten them in that race.

More and more Cook Islanders are engaged in all levels of tourism business and are reaping good profits. We are tracking nicely thank you very much. 

Keep doing what you do best CI Tourism.

MFEM will confirm that VAT revenue is high!

            The Tortoise

            (Name with held)

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