COOK ISLANDS WORKS TO COPE WITH TOURISM BOOM

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ALOFI, Niue (January 6, 2001 - Niue Economic Review/PINA Nius Online)---The Cook Islands is about to create a record with the highest number of visitor arrivals in one year. Now intensive efforts are under way to attract more investment in facilities.

Total visitor arrivals up to October 2000 reached 58,872, a 24% increase compared to the same period last year.

There have been record arrivals from New Zealand (with 59% of the visitors from Auckland), Australia (almost 50% from Sydney, NSW), Europe/UK (52% from England), Asia and French Polynesia.

The Development Investment Board of Cook Islands has completed a projected analysis of visitor arrivals versus the number of beds available in the Cook Islands.

Results from the analysis show an imbalance of visitor arrivals when matched to availability of beds.

Thus, the Development Investment Board is marketing tourism projects leading to more resort and hotel development.

The government is also allocating more funds to assist the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation marketing budget.

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