21 Jul 2015

Cook Islands posts boom month for tourism

9:03 pm on 21 July 2015

Cooks Islands tourism authorities say they're expecting a boom in tourism this month.

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki, Cook Islands Photo: Ewan Smith

The CEO of the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, Halatoa Fua, says July is traditionally a high season month and will be heightened by the popular annual Te Maeva Nui festival.

Growth is expected to continue until at least September, the usual end of the high season.

Figures for June this year show visitor arrivals for the month increased by just over four percent (4.3%) compared to June last year.

12,882 people arrived last month, with New Zealanders making up the bulk of tourists making up three quarters of the arrivals.

Nearly 15 percent were from Australia and 4.4% from the United States of America.

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