Cook Islands hits record number of tourists

The stunning Aitutaki One Foot Island in Cook Islands. Source: Shutterstock

COOK ISLANDS in the South Pacific – sometimes fondly referred to as “Hawaii Down Under” – is enjoying rising tourist numbers.

According to the state’s recently released full-year tourism statistics, 146,473 inbound tourists visited the nation in 2016, up 17 percent from the previous year.

The number may not match some of the Pacific Island’s more popular destinations like Bora Bora and Fiji, but the Cook Islands’ sharp growth is inspiring and indicative of future success.

The statistics revealed the nation’s biggest tourism markets include New Zealand, Japan, Australia, China and North America.

In other news, the Cook Islands and Singapore recently signed an Air Services Agreement to introduce direct air connectivity between the two nations.

Cook Islands, an associated state of New Zealand, is made up of 15 smaller islands.

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