28 Dec 2004

Delays in release of Cook Islands tourism master plan

3:11 pm on 28 December 2004

A prolonged delay in the release of the final draft of the Cook Islands Tourism master plan is resulting in some concerns.

The Tourism Corporation had been hopeful that consultant Dr. Peter Philips would be forwarding his work to Rarotonga by the end of December but this is now uncertain.

Initially, the Corporation wanted to have the master plan available before the September general election so that the issues could be fed into the policy thinking of the major political parties.

The Cook Islands Herald newspaper says the Development Investment Board has already put a hold on new tourism sector applications so that it can get some future policy guidance from the draft plan.

Once the final draft is received, it will be distributed for feedback from across the community.