4 Feb 2010

Niue tourism operators critical of no consultation in airport development

4:20 pm on 4 February 2010

The head of Niue's Tourist Authority says a lack of consultation's prevented the island's tourism industry from embracing a major airport development.

The acting Premier, O'Love Jacobsen, says a new shelter over the arrivals and departures area looks impressive from the outside and people are already appreciating the facility.

She says the China-funded development, which isn't fnished, was commissioned by the Premier, Toke Talagi, and is using local labour.

The Tourist Authority's chairperson, Hima Douglas, says at the moment there's no access for collecting and dropping off passengers and tourism operators are awaiting the project's completion with bated breath.

"Like all plans some will like it, some won't but it would have been good I think if there was input from the members of the tourism industry and that way it becomes a project that they can embrace. As it is the planning was done by central government and I don't think anybody else was consulted."

Hima Douglas of Niue's Tourist Authority.