And this is evident from the growing interest of operators after the Mana Tiaki Eco Certification.
The certification often referred to as eco accreditation or green accreditation is a joint project between the National Environment Service through the Ridge to Reef project, Te Ipukarea Society, the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council, and the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation.
Te Ipukarea Society’s Luana Scowcroft said they have had a number of tours seeking an info session/workshop on how to achieve eco certification.
Scowcroft will facilitate a session today at Nautilus Resort from 8.30am to help businesses to achieve the required 100 points and give advice on how to gain certification where points may be lacking.
With the growth of tourism in the Cook Islands, the protection of natural environment is even more crucial to the long term sustainability of the industry.
The Eco Certification is a set of standards that has been established to embed biodiversity considerations and renewed conservation efforts into the everyday operations of the tourism industry.
Business operations that achieve Mana Tiaki Eco-Certification are rewarded with the recognition that this type of green accreditation can bring.
Turama Pacific Travel Group, Palm Grove, Manuia Beach Resort, Etu Moana Beach Villas, Magic Reef Bungalows, Kia Orana Villas, Aro’a Beachside Inn, Ariki Holidays, White House Apartments, Pacific Resort Rarotonga, Sands Villas Rarotonga, Arcadia Retreat Rarotonga, Muri Beach Club Hotel and
Cook Islands Holiday Villas have already qualified for their Mana Tiaki Eco Certification.