Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council president Sue Fletcher-Vea said it was disappointing to hear tourists and visitors to Rarotonga put themselves in danger when the western side of the island was smashed by the tail-end of ex-tropical cyclone Sarai on New Year’s Day.
“With regards to the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council our accreditation programme covers some of the health and safety aspects,” she said.
“We also send our members examples of disclaimers they can use with regards to tours and water sports and other activities.”
Following some blatant disregard for warnings put in place by the Police Service and the Meteorological Service to stay indoors and wait for the storm to pass, Fletcher-Vea said she would raise concerns at the council’s next executive meeting.
They would see if they needed to do anything further to assist their members with regards to cyclone warnings, after tourists were seen out on the wild coastlines.
“This was disappointing to hear,” she said.
“I will also contact Cook Islands Tourism to see what we can do together to encourage safe practice and behaviour during storms not only for our visitors but for locals as well.”
Thankfully, there were no injuries reported from the storm.