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Kia Orana Plus to 70 businesses

Monday 28 September 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Economy

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Kia Orana Plus to 70 businesses
Ministry of Internal Affairs, Elizabeth Hosking presented on Workplace Health and Safety with Jacopo Dozzo, left, and Kristina Taoro from Turama Pacific Travel group sharing their ideas during group discussion. TOURISM/20092703

Cook Islands Tourism’s Kia Orana Plus which is in its fifth and final week has had over 70 businesses across Rarotonga and Aitutaki taking part.

The rapid training programme will continue this week before it is transferred to an online platform.

Claire Wilson, the business partnerships manager for Cook Islands Tourism, said they have had a great response to the training.

“The programme has been designed to provide information and recommendations for business owners to make educated decisions on best practices for their individual businesses during these trying times.”

During the training, the Cook Islands Promise, Kia Orana spirit, and common sense values such as kindness and consideration, are highlighted regularly to reinforce the foundations of best practices for the tourism industry.

“The programme is divided into three key modules,” explains Wilson. “The first is focused on Health and the national response to Covid-19. It’s important that we as a community understand the disease, the potential risks and how to stop the spread of misinformation.

“The second module discusses hygienic practices and safety in the workplace; providing tips and recommendations in the lead up to reopening the tourism sector.

“The final module is focused on Business Management during Covid-19, this includes financial planning and forecasting, as well as employee relations and managing the wellbeing of your team.”

During her presentation at last week’s Kia Orana Plus rapid training programme, Liana Scott, the president of Tourism Industry Council said: “To share information and to train others is why we are here. To upskill ourselves so that we can then upskill others.”

Each participant is provided with all training materials and resources to take away and effectively deliver the programme to their own teams. These resources will also be made available online in the coming month for public access and download.

Rongo Preston, manager of Sands Villas, Rarotonga, said: “I found the training very good, as we all came together to face the challenges ahead and ensure the Cook Islands Promise is practiced.”

Tourism icon Emile Kairua said: “We face our future with confidence and we can steer ourselves out of this situation.”

If you would like to register for this week’s training, contact Carlene Mapu: carlene.mapu@cookislands.gov.ck or phone +682 29435.