Islands work to boost regional tourism

31/01/2011

In what may well work toward increasing inter-island and regional travel, the governments of the Cook Islands and Fiji have last week struck a deal for flights between Nadi and Rarotonga.<!--more-->The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation said this would bring more visitors from the Cook Islands to Fiji and also offer options to Fiji visitors to add on the Cooks to their itineraries.

Fiji’s flag carrier Air Pacific is also in talks with the Cooks government to offer connections to northern hemisphere markets through Nadi and Hong Kong. The code share is likely to be operational by the end of this month. Meanwhile, David Pflieger, Air Pacific’s CEO, was appointed the chairman of the Tourism Fiji board last week. The 47-year-old South Korea-born American citizen has 25 years of aviation industry experience as a business executive, attorney, and pilot.

He has previously worked with Virgin America and Delta Air Lines' low-cost airline subsidiary. “The awareness of the islands as a great tourist destination is relatively low in the US. One of my tasks will be to work on it,” Mr Pfliger told <strong><span style="color: #000000;">Pacific Periscope</span></strong> in his first week at Air Pacific last year.

<address style="text-align: right;">(Image source: Fiji Tourism)</address>