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May 5, 2021 Resort News No Comments

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium and Sanctuary Rarotonga – on the beach welcomes the re-opening of the New Zealand – Cook Islands borders for safe, two-way, quarantine free travel on 17 May 2021.

Given the Trans-Tasman travel bubble, we hope that we will be able to welcome back Australian visitors to the Cook Islands shortly thereafter.

We anticipate strong demand from Kiwis and Aussie holiday makers, who made up over 90% of visitors to the Cook Islands pre-COVID.

With the borders re-opening, we are looking forward to a return to a full schedule of air services with almost 30 flights a week with Air New Zealand, JetStar and Virgin Australia all flying to Rarotonga again soon.

Getting airlift back to pre-COVID levels will be critical to the long-term recovery needed after more than a year of border closures as our tourism industry generates over 85% of the Cook Islands economy.

If Mike Pero’s Pasifika Air, servicing the South Island of New Zealand, also starts operations, this would add more critical marketing and air lift capacity to the Cook Islands overall mix.

All our three resorts are fully operational and have been successfully trading in the local market. For example, we served over a thousand meals a day during the busy Easter period, so we are more than ready for the return of the Kiwi and Aussie visitors.

With the assistance of the Cook Islands Government wage subsidy programme, we have been able to keep on all staff and have used the COVID-19 border closure period to refurbish our resorts, upskill staff, develop new menus for our bars, restaurants, and spa as well as implement revitalized kids club and activities hut programmes.

We have also implemented a range of international best practice measures to ensure a high level of COVID safety at all our resorts for guests, staff, and the wider community.

We welcome the plans of the New Zealand and Cook Islands Governments to fully vaccinate the entire Cook Islands population during May 2021. This will add a further layer of protection for the Cook Islands resident population and New Zealand visitors, as well as the tourism industry. The vaccination programme would appear to offer the best chance of facilitating a stable, sustainable, long term return to normalcy and economic recovery.

Visiting Kiwis and Aussies can expect a warm welcome at all our resorts and indeed wherever they go in the Cook Islands that is such a part of the Cook Islands holiday experience.

For further information please see our websites and Facebook sites.

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort

The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium

Sanctuary Rarotonga – on the beach

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