Letters: Cap tourist numbers

Tuesday November 19, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor

Cook Islands Tourism has always been at the forefront of government departments because they are both strategic in their decision-making and this is based on research.

 

The banks and government policies create an economic environment where property owners are forced to set rental fees that will meet their debts.

But at the same time our visitor levels should be maintained to the capacity level of our infrastructure.

Tourism research is showing that growing visitor numbers is not sustainable – the impacts are negative due to the pressure that is being put on our environment and an infrastructure standard that is barely meeting the needs of our local resident population.

The government should maintain visitor levels that fill registered hotel accommodation and private homes that are registered for short term rentals, so that locals can still access other more affordable rentals that could be made available and negotiated for longer term.

Maureen Hilyard

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