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Prime Minister Mark Brown yesterday met with Air New Zealand’s chief executive officer, Greg Foran, engaging in high-level discussions about what lies ahead for the Cook Islands and its key commercial airline partner.
Air New Zealand operates daily non-stop flights
from Auckland to Rarotonga, providing the Cook Islands tourism industry with
access to its leading market.
Islands Tourism in a statement said the country experienced a robust year for
2023, witnessing a resurgence in business as international airlift to Rarotonga
continues to grow.
this backdrop of positive momentum in the Cook Islands’ tourism sector, the
meeting provided a valuable platform for both parties to reaffirm the strong
and mutually beneficial partnership between Air New Zealand and the Cook
highlights of the meeting encompassed the state of Cook Islands Tourism, with
optimistic growth projections.
New Zealand’s vital role as the primary airline partner for the Cook Islands,
particularly within the New Zealand market, which contributes significantly to
inbound arrivals (constituting approximately 70 per cent of all visitor
arrivals), was a focal point,” the statement added.
meeting also delved into the newly established partnership, the Tourism
Leadership Programme, designed to nurture the knowledge, skills, and
experiences of talented Cook Islanders aspiring to pursue careers in tourism
Minister Brown underscored his commitment to fostering a forward-looking
relationship with Air New Zealand, emphasising the Cook Islands’ people and
their environment as central to their discussions.
our discussion Greg and I agreed that there is indeed a strong historic tie
that remains and that our product as a tourism destination remains a popular
choice for Kiwis,” Brown said.
have common aspirations for people and place and I anticipate that alignment
will assist in driving the partnership with Air New Zealand, cement tourism
business, and ensure the success of our tourism future – airlift is key to
this. Together, we will explore new avenues for cooperation and growth while
nurturing the next generation,
the unique culture and environmental treasures of our beautiful nation.”
the Global Business Update meeting in September, Tata Crocombe, the owner of
The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium, where the event was held, said
that there needed to be better communication between Air New Zealand and the
Cook Islands community.
the meeting, Crocombe also said that it was the first time that “the CEO of Air
NZ is not on the island”.
New Zealand’s chief customer and sales officer, Leanne Geraghty, who attended
the Global Business Update, then confirmed Foran’s visit in November.
Yesterday’s meeting also follows concerns and
frustrations from local tourism operators about the high cost of flying from
Foran had earlier said the airline is working
to bring fares down, but they are unlikely to go back to pre-pandemic levels.
He said that travel demand has been significant this year, which has meant
higher pricing, adding that air fares have gone up 30 to 35 per cent on average
Foran is accompanied by key members of the
airline’s executive team, including Mat Bolland, chief corporate affairs
officer; Brent Roxburgh, head of Pacific Islands; and Addrienne
Tinirau-Hosking, Cook Islands country manager.