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Brown: Cook Islands' economic recovery better than expected

The Cook Islands' prime minister says the economic recovery from covid-19 and closed borders is tracking above forecast.


Mark Brown said the borders reopened on January 13, and there was a slow start in the first quarter of the year.


He said by the second quarter, there were more than a dozen flights a week.


While New Zealand has been their only significant source of direct business, he says the economy has been going from strength to strength.


"Despite challenges with key market success, and reduced flights and seats into the Cook Islands, by the third quarter - July to September - we were outperforming our 2019 levels.


"We expect to end 2022 at 115,000 visitor arrivals and our economic recovery is ahead of expectations as a result."


Meanwhile, Brown announced a direct flight from Rarotonga to Honolulu, Hawaii, from next year.


Brown said the flights will not only help the economy but provide their people with direct access to the American state


He said the potential prospects, valuable partnerships, and mutual benefits are huge.


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