4 Aug 2020

Cook Islands travel bubble needs to open by next month

From First Up, 5:50 am on 4 August 2020

A travel bubble with the Cook Islands needs to be open by next month to ensure people there remain employed. That's from the President of the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Committee, Liana Scott, who says its small population means they cannot rely on domestic tourism. The Cook Islands' government wage subsidy has kept many people in employment there up until now, but is due to end in late September With Australia grappling with a second wave of Covid-19, a Pacific bubble has emerged as the strongest option for New Zealand. Auckland Airport announced yesterday the international terminal will be split into two seperate zones in preparation for a travel bubble - but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern remained cautious when speaking at her final post cabinet address this term. Liana Scott, who's also the general manager of the 30 room Muri Beach Club Hotel in Rarotonga, spoke with Indira.