Cooks Islands Tourism training sessions down under

Tourism organisation mulls events for other Australian cities in 2020

Cook Islands Tourism showcased the destination to Australian travel agents at two educational breakfast functions in Sydney and Melbourne this week.

Held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Chippendale, up to 60 travel agents gathered for a sizzling hot breakfast in Sydney to hear from presenters representing the Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

Hosted by Matt Brookfield, Sales Ambassador for Cook Islands Tourism, key hoteliers were introduced to share with advisors what makes the Cook Islands so unique. Participating hoteliers included The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium, Sanctuary on the Beach and Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort, Manuia Beach Resort, Edgewater Resort and Spa, Cook Islands Holiday Villas, Pacific Resort Hotel Group and Tamanu Beach Resort.

Travel advisors were also notified of a current industry offer of return airfares with Air New Zealand’s direct service from Sydney to Rarotonga on the Economy ‘Works’ fare, priced from $529* for industry and from $629* for up to three companions. Accommodation deals were also distributed at the event.

Following presentations participants dropped their business cards into a lucky holiday box for the chance to win a range of Cook Islands offerings. Prizes included a Cook Islands hamper with bottle of wine from Pacific Resort Hotel Group, an accommodation voucher for five nights at Cook Islands Holiday Villas, plus two self famil trips including return international airfares on Air New Zealand’s direct Sydney to Rarotonga service, along with accommodation vouchers at The Edgewater Resort and Spa for six nights and Moana Sands Lagoon Resort for three nights.

Prizes were won by David Lyons of Horizons Cruise & Travel, Peta Kensit from Flight Centre Business Travel, Maria Debole from Travel Australia Centre, and Jake Chiem from Travelcation.

Cook Islands Tourism, Marketing Manager, Crystal Kranz, said: “Cook Islands Tourism continues to see numbers out of the Australian market increase year-on-year, as a result of the great support from our travel agent partners. We’re thrilled to continue to educate and connect with the market. Our sales team hope to expand on Cook Islands training sessions throughout the year to include Brisbane and Canberra, plus potential regional markets including Newcastle in the following year.”

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For more information on travelling to the Cook Islands, see cookislands.travel

Lead image: Sydney Prize Winners – from left to right – Matt Brookfield, Cook Islands Tourism Australia; Paul Lynch, Cook Islands Holiday Villas; David Lyons, Horizons Cruise & Travel; Peta Kensit, Flight Centre Business Travel; Lydia Tariu Simonis, Former Miss Cook Islands in the Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association; Maria Debole, Travel Australia Centre; Mereana Taruia, Edgewater Resort Rarotonga and Jake Chiem, Travelcation.

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