The Edgewater Resort and Spa. Photo: Supplied/22062453
With a couple of months into the welcoming of Pacific Islands leaders for the 52nd Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting, resorts on Rarotonga have started receiving bookings.
The 52nd Forum Meeting, held in the Cook Islands for the
first time since 2012, will take place between November 6 and 10.
Resort and Club Raro CEO Andrew Whittaker said they have received enquiries and
are holding bookings for several delegations, support staff and media traveling
to Rarotonga for the Pacific Forum.
the Edgewater can accommodate up to 900 guests at full occupancy and Club Raro
said that in the last three months, the resorts have experienced favourable
growth in the second quarter this year and continue to see occupancies improve
for November due to the constrained market.
Pacific Forum is one of the drivers for this as well as several other events
scheduled for the later part of the year and leading into the festive season.”
Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium and Sanctuary Rarotonga - on the
beach said they were pleased to have received numerous bookings and enquiries
for the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum.
manager, Haimona Browne said: “We have seen interest from various Pacific
nations, indicating their intention to stay at our resorts during the event.”
terms of accommodation capacity, Browne said the resort offers 111 guest rooms,
suites, and villas, while Sanctuary Rarotonga - on the beach has 49
our resorts can accommodate a total of 160 guest rooms. As of now, we have
strong occupancies for November, but we still have rooms available specifically
to accommodate delegates attending the Pacific Islands Forum but would
encourage them to book as soon as they are able to secure their accommodation
said that over the past three months, they had experienced a notable increase
in the number of guests booking and staying at their resorts.
positive trend has set a strong booking pace, and we are pleased to say that
our occupancy levels up to mid-November are looking very promising.”
in anticipation of the low season, they are actively working on numerous new
sales initiatives to ensure this strong booking pace continues through the
are looking forward to welcoming the Forum leaders, delegations, and Pacific
media representatives to Rarotonga and to our resorts.
aim to provide them with a memorable and enjoyable experience during their stay
in the Cook Islands,” he added.
The Forum is made up of 18 member nations, one associate
member (Tokelau), five observer nations, and 21 dialogue partner nations. The
Cook Islands is a founding member of the Forum.