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Paving a clearer road map for safety in the tourism Industry

Monday 5 October 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Economy

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Paving a clearer road map for safety in the tourism Industry
Mike Chase and Moeroa Tinirau from Cook Islands Tours during group discussions as a part of the Kia Orana Plus rapid training programme. TOURISM/ 20100417

“The actions of our promise will keep the Cook Islands safe,” stated former Prime Minister Henry Puna during the opening of Kia Orana Plus training video last week.

The Kia Orana Plus rapid training programme, which completed its fifth week, promotes the Cook Islands Promise and associated guides for best practices in preparation for border opening.

Claire Wilson, Cook Islands Tourism’s business partnership manager, said over 130 participants across Rarotonga and Aitutaki have completed the training and have committed to the Cook Islands Promise to help safeguard their businesses, people and visitors from Covid-19.

Dr Aumea Herman, Secretary of Health, said: “We will be taking all the precautions we deem necessary to protect our people and keep our country Covid-19 free.”

Wilson emphasised: “The Kia Orana Plus training is a necessary precaution for businesses to be best prepared to welcome visitors back to our little paradise.”

By completing the training programme, participants agree to the guiding values: common sense values, kindness, consideration and of course the Kia Orana Spirit.

Wilson said the three half-day training was divided into three key modules. 1. Health and our Cook Islands Response, 2. Hygienic Practices and Safety in the Cook Islands, and, 3. Business Management in Covid-19.

“Each participant is provided with the necessary materials, tools and resources required to deliver the Kia Orana Plus training effectively to their teams. These resources will also be made available online in the coming week for public access and download.”

Shirley Herman, owner of Muri Beach Haven, said there is a sense of empowerment behind the meaning of Kia Orana.

Another participant, Mike Chase from Cook Islands Tours shared that the training has provided, “a clearer defined road map of where we are going.”

The Kia Orana Plus rapid training programme has been transferred to an online platform to be released in mid-October.

However, Cook Islands Tourism are accepting requests for support of in-house trainings. For more information on the online platform contact Carlene Mapu: carlene.mapu@cookislands.gov.ck or phone +682 29435.