Tourism industry frustrated with PM's vagueness over Cook Islands bubble timeline

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Publish Date
Mon, 14 Dec 2020, 11:48AM
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Tourism industry frustrated with PM's vagueness over Cook Islands bubble timeline

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 14 Dec 2020, 11:48AM

Frustration for the tourism industry over the government's failure to lock in a date for the Cook Islands travel bubble.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says officials are working to arrange two-way travel in the first quarter of next year.

But Travel Industry Suppliers Group chair, Robyn Galloway, told Mike Yardley that's too vague and they've had their hopes raised before.

“The PM said in August it was looking like travel would be open for Christmas, and business now aren't sure whether to get ready for March.”

Galloway says it can take months for hotels to hire staff and order supplies from overseas, and the lack of a clear timeline is causing problems.

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