9 Aug 2018

Merchants of Paradise plan luxury hotel in Cooks

From , 5:04 am on 9 August 2018

A Cook Islands developer hopes work will be underway later this year on a five star hotel on Rarotonga.

Tim Tepaki has had a desire to build a major hotel in the Cooks for years, and for a long time he was the driving force behind attempts to resurrect the long abandoned half built Vaima'anga hotel.

Now, as part of group called Merchants of Paradise, he told Don Wiseman they are advocating a major hotel to take Cook Islands tourism to the next level; tapping the luxury market and linking these guests up with the outer islands in an effort to revive the economic life of those islands.

Cook Islands flag

Cook Islands flag Photo: RNZ/ Tim Glasgow