Kia Orana ambassador Nane Teokotai Vainepoto Papa directs a tourist. Photo: CI NEWS/ 21052122
The number of tourists arriving here more than doubled in April compared to March and people in the tourism industry say they’ve noticed the difference.
The number of visitors in the country increased from 3583 in March to 8079 in April, according to Cook Islands Statistics.
when the quarantine free travel with New Zealand resumed, there were 3638 visitors
and February had 3173.
Council president and general manager of Muri Beach Club Hotel, Liana Scott
said people in the industry really noticed the increase from the second week of
was clearly evident by shortages in rental vehicles at times, restaurants being
full at peak times and massage and beauty treatments being fully booked for
some days,” Scott said.
said accommodation providers were all sitting at different occupancy levels.
smaller places have back to back bookings while others may have bigger gaps. Overall,
some of the bigger hotels with more rooms to fill could easily take more
customers while others in the high-end category are showing 70 per cent plus.”
West, general manager of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation for Australasia,
forecast the Cook Islands to reach two-thirds
of 2019 numbers in the coming months. In 2019, 171,550 tourists visited the
shared his findings in mid-April at the Cook
Islands Tourism Corporation’s first Global Breakfast Update of 2022 and predicted around 8000 tourists in April, 8000 in May, 9000
in June and 12,500 in July.
said the stats were very important for all sorts of reasons which included planning.
said the industry was ready for 12,500 tourists in July.
that time most of the staffing shortages should be well and truly sorted.
is difficult at times is ensuring sufficient produce, particularly local
produce able to cover those sorts of numbers.”
told Cook Islands News in April: “It’s easy
to look and go we’re only doing two-thirds of what we were doing but that’s
comparing to our very best year of 2019. If you go back to 2015, we’re back to
those kinds of levels, so it’s not bad at all.”
is still down around 40 per cent, so we are at least punching and holding our