NZTRI is currently conducting an online Visitor Survey for the Cook Islands Tourism Corporation (CITC). This research is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the characteristics of visitors to the Cook Islands including their expectations and expenditure.Feedback from visitors to the Cook Islands will enable CITC to improve the visitor experience as well as support it to make good decisions about tourism in this beautiful island nation.
Simon Milne completed the Tourism components of the forthcoming UNDP Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies for Tuvalu and Kiribati (including Christmas Island). The reports will form part of DTIS workshops in December in Tuvalu and Kiribati which will guide future Tier One and Tier Two donor funding.
Pasifika food, music, singing and dancing all played a part in the AUT University-hosted launch of Robert Oliver’s new book.
New Zealand Tourism and Research Institute (NZTRI) member, Oliver, spent time travelling the Pacific Islands and in early May launched his book Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific at Piko and Four Season's restaurants in the School of Hospitality and Tourism at AUT.
Sam Judd is co founder of a New Zealand charity called Sustainable Coastlines. Educated in New Zealand and Latin America, he has spearheaded large scale coastal cleanup events and is in the process of developing a formula for waste management in small island states.
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Robert Oliver is writing a cookbook to showcase Pacific Island cuisine, not only for food and book lovers, but primarily to elevate the attitude and relationship between Pacific Islanders themselves and their culinary culture. Tourism is the largest economic machine in the South Pacific Islands, yet most of the hotel food product is imported. At the same time, there is abundance of land and farming skills and farmers. Robert’s presentation discusses how to join the two sectors: the benefits, the barriers, and a exploration of solutions.
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