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Letters: Challenges of a travel bubble

Wednesday 11 November 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion

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Readers weigh in on the potential for a travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand, as well as the recent US election.

Dear Editor,

Kiwis normally spend over a billion dollars in travel every year, except this year.

The Cook Islands will be a welcoming option, unless we need to book 14 days into managed isolation on our way back into New Zealand. This would put a strain on New Zealand’s already fully-booked-till-next-year facilities, which now has a booking system for all returnees coming back into the country!

That will be the only thing that will put people off travelling to the Cooks. Perhaps something that the governments will need to sort out as part of the travel bubble. - Fraser Crummer

Dear Editor

Several issues here once the bubble opens … there may well be a desire to come here but that is different from having the ability to come (especially given the economic effects of Covid on many households in New Zealand).

Possibly there will be an initial burst in tourists but I suspect that will trail off quickly and then have to be gradually built up and the tourism groups will need to be creative and work hard to get that to happen.

Not sure what will happen with the Pa Enua travel but probably, there will be some sort of ‘quarantine’ period where people have to have been on Rarotonga for a certain amount of time before they will be allowed to go to these islands. - Mike Crosby

President-elect Biden

Dear Editor,

As a dual citizen of the Cook Islands and the United States, I’m so happy that we have our 46th President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris who will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021.  They both have more experience as leaders and politicians than Donald Trump. 

Trump has not publicly accepted the election results, has acted like a dictator, shown no leadership, has no financial management skills, is responsible for this Covid-19 pandemic that has claimed over 240,000 lives in America, fired so many of his staff and sucked up to other dictators including Russian Vladimir Putin and North Korea Kim Jong Un over the last four years.  It’s time for him to pack his bags and move out of the White House!

We are all so relieved that Joe Biden has put together a Covid-19 Task Force to resolve this serious health issue and look forward to his Inauguration Ceremony in January. - Kia manuia, Dr. Takiora Ingram