The update, held at the Rarotongan Resort conference room, included presentations from the key public service agencies detailing forthcoming National Infrastructure Management plans.
Presentations were given by the chief executive officer of Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) Petero Okotai, the projects unit manager at Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) Gareth Clayton, and the economic policy advisor at the Ministry of Finance & Economic Management (MFEM), Natalie Cooke. Cook Islands Tourism director of destination development Metua Vaiimene said there were a lot of gaps in the information and the understanding of the private sector as to what the government’s plans were regarding assisting the industry.
“We had the key agencies, the Infrastructure Cook Islands, Cook Islands Investment Corporation, and MFEM presenting what their plans are in major infrastructure that can support the tourism industry,” Vaiimene said.
“It’s important that the tourism industry understands what support the government is giving to them so that they can make plans about the development of niche markets, about growth, and about sustainability in regards to the tourism industry.”
Vaiimene said the presentations from the three key public service agencies answered some of the vital questions regarding sanitation and water projects.
About 20 questions were submitted to Cook Islands Tourism by industry members and they were answered by the presenters in their presentations.
“These are some of the areas of the national infrastructure that the industry is a vaguely aware of and we hope the update has helped clear some of what government is doing to support its major sector tourism.”
Vaiimene said the Cook Islands Tourism relied on regular updates from the various stakeholders to encourage greater partnerships in the future.
He said this was the reason behind the establishment of the quarterly Global Breakfast Update.
“We feel that this model is very, very successful. We would like to see more government agencies taking on this type of model as a way to engage with the people.”
The update was attended by accredited members of the local tourism industry.