Tereora College Level 2 tourism students with tourism teacher Christina Ganivatu, fourth from left (standing), meet Prime Minister Mark Brown and Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran, third from left (seated). They are pictured with Air NZ, Cook Islands Tourism and Government executives. TAYLA BEDDOES (COOK ISLANDS TOURISM)/23110118
Cook Islands Tourism Corporation (CIT), Air New Zealand, and Pacific Resort Hotel Group (PRHG) have partnered to launch the Cook Islands Tourism Leadership Programme.
programme provides a unique opportunity for passionate individuals to develop
their leadership skills, industry knowledge, and to carve a career pathway for
tourism in the Cook Islands.
is designed to nurture the next generation of tourism leaders, providing them
with the base skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the industry, and
the opportunity to work with a leading tourism operator in the country.
Islands Tourism chief executive Karla Eggelton in a statement said: “Tourism is
the cornerstone and largest economic driver in the Cook Islands, and it is
essential that we promote and support clear career pathways for talented
individuals to hone their skills and lead the industry into the future.”
Cook Islands Tourism Leadership Programme will provide participants with modern
day foundation tools and resources they need to develop their skills and
knowledge, and to become successful leaders in the tourism industry.”
programme includes 17-week Leadership and Performance course study at
Queenstown Resort College (QRC) Tai Tokerau campus. This will cover topics such
as communication, motivational leadership, wellbeing and diversity, performance
under pressure, and operational management.
the course, participants will return to Rarotonga and be placed in a six-month hands-on
tailored management pathways programme with international award-winning Pacific
Resort Hotel Group.
work placement offers participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience
in various departments of the hotel group, providing them with a deeper understanding
of the different roles and responsibilities involved in the hospitality
industry. This will also allow participants to apply their theoretical
knowledge and skills to real-world situations, while also learning from
Resort Hotel Group chief executive Marcus Niszow said: “The Pacific Resort
Hotel Group is proud to be a partner in the Cook Islands Tourism Leadership
is essential to the Cook Islands economy, and we believe that investing in the
development of our people is the best way to ensure the future success of the
New Zealand’s country manager for the Cook Islands, Addrienne Hosking-Tinirau,
said they are excited to partner with the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation and
the Pacific Resort Hotel Group to bring this important programme to the Cook
New Zealand is committed to supporting the sustainable growth of tourism in the
Cook Islands, and we believe that this programme will play an important role in
developing the next generation of tourism leaders,” Hosking-Tinirau said.
said the Cook Islands Tourism Leadership Programme is a great example of
government and private sector collaborating to give opportunities to our
are grateful to Air New Zealand and Pacific Resort Hotel Group for their
partnership in this important initiative. While this is the first for us, there
is scope for expansion and bringing on other businesses who see value in this
Cook Islands Tourism Leadership Programme is open to Cook Islands residents who
are passionate about tourism, want to develop their leadership skills and
pursue a career in tourism and hospitality. The programme will commence in
apply, a CV, cover letter, and a two-minute video explaining why you are a good
fit for the programme can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The
application deadline is Monday, November 14, at 4pm.