The Cook Islands is expecting a boost in the number of tourists from the United States after replacing the usual aircraft on the route with a bigger one.
According to a press release from South Pacific Tourism Organisation, Air New Zealand will now be able to carry 150 passengers more per flight from the U.S. to the Cooks because of replacing the B767 aircraft with a bigger Boeing 777. This flight on the Rarotonga-Los Angeles route along with Jetstar’s new service from New Zealand with links to Australia is likely to push the number of tourists in the eastern Pacific territory by no less than 15,000 per year.
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Halatoa Fua, the CEO of Cook Islands Tourism, made the announcement on Friday, May 20, of replacing the existing aircraft with a new bigger one from December. He added while giving his speech at the South Pacific Tourism Exchange on Gold Coast, Australia, that the new Boeing 777 would likely to boost 30% of the passengers on that particular route.
The tourism in the Cooks is expected to increase further after the launching of a weekly direct service from June flying on Christchurch-Rarotonga route. Fua expressed his excitement over these recent developments and told about his plan of revamping and improving the current infrastructures, laws, and other aspects of the Cooks. He hoped that the latest developments would encourage different companies to invest in the tourism market of the island country.
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Grant Kerr, the New Zealand Head of Jetstar, expected the travellers to have more options while flying to the Cooks Islands because of the budget carrier’s first service from Australia connecting New Zealand and the island country.