11 Jun 2020

Cook Islands tourism operators want bubble with NZ

From Morning Report, 7:53 am on 11 June 2020

A resort owner in Rarotonga is calling for New Zealand to reopen travel to the Cook Islands, before opening up to Australia.

The managing director of the resort chain says the Cook Islands would be the easiest place for New Zealand to open to and could serve as a test before opening up to the much larger trans-Tasman market.

The Cook Islands has not recorded a single case of the coronavirus.

A community leader in Rarotonga, Tere Carr, says local are keen to open up a Pacific travel bubble with New Zealand, provided Australia is not included.

Tata Crocombe is from the Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium.

Corin Dann asked if he was surprised that the Cook Islands weren't first cab off the rank when it came to New Zealand opening up the borders?