Tourists enjoying the show at Punanga Nui Market in 2016. FILE PICTURE/16042122
Tourists are being told to cover up, after complaints from locals about inappropriate attire.
In the Cook
Islands Tourism Corporation’s latest newsletter, it warns “a number of our community have come forward to raise concerns
around some visitors and their choice of attire”.
“Please remind guests to show
consideration towards our customs and traditions by dressing appropriately in
public places especially when visiting towns, churches or villages. Advise
guests to carry a pareu and cover up when wearing swimsuits if not on a beach
or around a pool. Nude or topless sunbathing will cause offence,” it says.
Cook Islands Tourism Corporation
chief executive Karla Eggelton said it was an issue that was raised now and
to time we have to remind our visitors of expected behaviour when in the Cook
Islands. We receive calls and emails from concerned residents on various
tourism related topics and themes and we seek to find ways to ensure we respond
and action them as best we can,” Eggelton said.
“We usually always find if you
approach the problem in a friendly way, emulating our Kia Orana Values, the
response is always positive, and for the visitor it is simply not knowing that
their behaviour or action was viewed as offensive and are only too happy to fix
it. In these cases, it is a request to cover up.”
Cook Islands Tourism Industry
Council president Liana Scott, of Muri Beach Club Hotel, said “We have never personally experienced a complaint as per
say, perhaps because we are literally on the beach and most guests are in
“However, appropriate attire is generally expected in more public areas
not near a beach, e.g. in town or on the bus,” she said.
Cook’s Island Bus Passenger Transport Ltd manager Danny Cook said it had
“rules in place for many years”.
“Basically, we don’t allow people on the bus if they arrive in just
their bikini or underwear,” Cook said.
“Most people are pretty quick to
cover up, and we’re always advertising these rules, so they’re largely