The Cook Island Tourism Industry Council is elated at the government's announcement of two new airline partnerships; however the benefits will not kick in until mid-2023.
"Not just from one country but two. So we are really excited to have North America back on board via Hawaii and then of course Sydney soon after. It will make all of the difference for our small country that is so reliant on tourism," the council's President Liana Scott said.
The airline partnerships announced by the government include direct flights between Rarotonga and Honolulu with Hawaiian Airlines which kick off in May next year.
From June direct flights to and from Sydney will also take off.
"Our country, like many others, has had to survive a long period of time with no visitors," Prime Minister Mark Brown said.
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