3 Mar 2011

Great response from Cook Islands tourism operators to quake holiday idea

6:07 pm on 3 March 2011

Cook Islands Tourism says there's been a great response from the industry to a Tourism Ministry proposal to offer free holidays to heroes of the Christchurch earthquake.

The director of destination development says the details of holiday packages are still being worked out but he hopes it'll be possible to offer them to about a hundred people or 50 couples.

Metua Vaiimene says whenever there's a crisis in the Cook Islands, New Zealanders are the first to respond.

"And we want to be able to give back to the people of Christchurch in more ways than one and one of the ways that we can give to the people of Christchurch is to offer them what we have here in the Cook Islands and that is the holiday experience of a lifetime."

Metua Vaiimene says there'll be many people who've gone beyond the call of duty during the disaster but the proposal is to offer a free holiday to Christchurch's mayor, Bob Parker, and let him choose the other recipients.