The aerial view of Aitutaki. COOK ISLANDS TOURISM/23051908
Cook Islands Tourism Celebrates World Tourism Day 2023 with the launch of Cook Islands People’s Choice Awards and Opening of Regenerative Tourism Experience.
Tourism Day, observed
annually on September 27, provides a global platform
to emphasize and celebrate the vital role of tourism in advancing
social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being.
On this World Tourism Day 2023, we acknowledge the vital role of tourism
in our economy.
Cook Islands Tourism CEO, Karla Eggelton,
highlights how tourism is evolving to foster a balanced approach that
integrates cultural, social, and environmental priorities for long- term resilience and sustainability.
is the foundation of our economy, but it’s more than just business. It’s about recognizing
that our prosperity is intrinsic and must coexist with preserving our culture,
supporting our communities, and safeguarding our environment”.
Cook Islands Tourism
(CIT) is delighted to mark World
Tourism Day 2023 with two initiatives:
the launch of the Cook Islands People’s Choice Awards and the opening of
a new visitor experience developed in conjunction with CIT’s ‘Regenerative
Experiences Incubator Programme’.
Aligned with this year's theme,
"Tourism and Green Investments," these initiatives represent the Cook
Islands contributions to the World Tourism Day 2023 festivities.
Director of Sales and Marketing, Noeline
Mateariki said; “While our visitors are undoubtedly drawn to our beaches,
lagoon, and warm climate, it's the meaningful interactions and memorable
moments they take home with them that we aim to highlight with the Cook
Islands People’s Choice
Awards. Through these
awards, we want to celebrate those industry
members and raise awareness about the unique Cook Islands experiences they provide,
further reinforcing why the Cook Islands' has been named Oceania's Leading
Island Destination 2023, as recently recognized by the World Travel Awards”.
Alongside the awards, the Regenerative
Experiences Incubator Programme supports both private and community organizations that prioritize environmental, community, and cultural wellbeing by helping to develop
ways in which visitors can engage and contribute.
earlier this year as an initial pilot
programme, the inaugural recipients included
Muri Environment Care, Cook Islands SPCA, Apii Nikao, Dive Rarotonga, and
Circle Cook Islands.
The latest of these to launch is an ‘Ecological Restoration Experience' from the team at Muri Environment Care (MEC), which will
provide visitors the chance to ‘Experience the intersection of education,
ecological restoration, art, and hands-on engagement’ through
plant nursery and stream/coastal planting
activity options. The CIT team are delighted to see the launch coincide with
World Tourism Day; “This fantastic project aims to identify and develop
opportunities for visitors to have a positive impact on our people and place”,
says Director of Destination Development, Brad Kirner.
Cook Islands Tourism
extends an invitation to all visitors, industry partners, and community
to celebrate today by having your voice heard. Nominate
a business or individual that went
above and beyond to ensure you received an outstanding experience. Online
nominations for the Cook Islands People’s Choice Awards are now open.
Simply visit www.cookislands.travel/pca to nominate an
individual or business that made a lasting impression on you. For more information on the Regenerative
Experiences Incubator Programme visit www.cookislands.travel/regenerative-travel
Muri Environment Care launches ‘ecological restoration
celebration of World Tourism Day today, Muri Environment Care (MEC) are
thrilled to announce the launch of their Ecological Restoration
in collaboration with Cook Islands Tourism Corporation (CIT) through their ‘Regenerative
Experiences Incubator Programme’, MEC will be offering two different
regenerative tourism experiences, both of which focus on building a
greener, more vibrant future for the Cook Islands through environmental
stewardship, sustainable tourism, and cultural preservation.
Ecologist at MEC, Brennan Panzarella, was excited to start welcoming visitors
after months of hard-work behind the scenes.
said; “Our Ecological Restoration Experience will invite visitors to step into
a vibrant conservation initiative that offers far more than just
volunteering. Guests will experience the intersection of education,
ecological restoration, art, and hands-on engagement. Our project
embodies creativity, a thriving plant conservation nursery, riparian and
coastal restoration efforts, and an enriching education space”
will offer fresh challenges and adventures, with Wednesday’s dedicated to
activities at MEC’s Takitumu nursery located in Turangi, and Thursday’s seeing
visitors participate in on-site planting and site maintenance in nearby
streambeds or coastal areas of importance.
suggested donation of $20pp is greatly appreciated, with all proceeds directed
straight back to ecological operations, and towards further development of
MEC’s multi-purpose ecological education centre.
Islands Tourism team were delighted to see the launch of MEC’s visitor
experiences coincide with World Tourism Day; “The Regenerative Experiences
Incubator Programme aims to identify and develop opportunities for visitors to
have a positive impact on our people and place”, says CIT's Director of
Destination Development, Brad Kirner.
to the MEC team who have created an exceptional visitor experience that will
help preserve Rarotonga’s unique natural beauty and rich cultural heritage for
generations to come. We look forward to identifying similar opportunities
to help ensure that tourism brings holistic, long-term benefits to the
Muri Environment Care ‘Ecological Restoration Experience’ Highlights
Starts at 9am and will finish at midday
Engaging in stream restoration and monitoring activities to protect Rarotonga's diverse ecosystems and support community-led conservation initiatives
Planting natives, tropical fruits, flowers and culturally significant Vaka plants while learning about their unique characteristics and importance to the Cook Islands
Discovering ancestral wisdom and the traditional uses of various plant species in traditional foods, medicine, building materials, and daily life. Release.