2019/2020 Awards

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards!

  • Air New Zealand Supreme Award: Koka Lagoon Cruises
  • Lifetime Achievement in Tourism Award: Vara Hunter
  • Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award: Sue Fletcher-Vea
  • CITC Culture Award: Highland Paradise
  • CITC Environment Award: Manuia Beach Resort
  • BSP Business Excellence Award under $2mil: OTB Restaurant and Bar
  • BSP Business Excellence Award over $2mil: Pacific Resort Aitutaki
  • Air New Zealand Visitor Experience Award: Koka Lagoon Cruises
  • BCI Adventure/Eco-Tourism Award: Ariki Holidays
  • BCI Customer Care Award: Cook Islands Holiday Villas
  • Vodafone Employer of the Year Award: Palm Grove Resort
  • Cook Islands Tourism Community Development Award: Island Car and Bike Hire
  • Cook Islands Tourism Marketing Award: Pacific Resort Rarotonga
  • Vodafone Emerging Tourism Leader Award: Turama Photography
  • Pitt Media Group Family Friendly Award: Pacific Resort Rarotonga
  • Cook Islands Sun Social Media Guru: Little Polynesian Resort
  • Cook Islands News Business Sustainability Award: Turama Pacific Travel Group
  • Ministry of Cultural Development Outstanding Kia Orana Spirit Award: Ariki Holidays
  • Air New Zealand Business Person of the Year Award: Robert Skews

Announcing our Tourism Awards Finalists for 2020!

We are pleased to announce our Tourism Awards Finalists for 2020!

  • Ariki Holidays
  • Bank of the South Pacific
  • Cook Islands Holiday Villas
  • Dive Rarotonga
  • Edgewater Resort and Spa
  • Explore.com
  • Highland Paradise
  • Island Car and Bike Hire
  • Koka Lagoon Cruises
  • Little Polynesian Resort
  • Magic Reef Resort
  • Manuia Beach Resort
  • OTB On The Beach Restaurant and Bar
  • Pacific Resort Aitutaki
  • Pacific Resort Rarotonga
  • Palm Grove
  • Turama Pacific Travel Group
  • Turama Photography

A big Congratulations to these businesses for being chosen as Finalists! These businesses have been chosen based on their achievements during 2018 and 2019. We are looking forward to having our Winners announced LIVE on stage at our upcoming Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards presentation in December 2020.

In-Person Interviews to Take Place Soon!

Now that our written application period has closed, our overseas Awards Judges will be visiting Rarotonga in February to conduct the in-person interview portion of the Awards application. The Judges will contact the businesses direct to schedule the in-person interviews. As in past years, the Awards Finalists will be chosen based on the ratings the Judges apply to both your written application and your in-person interview.

Online Applications are Now Open!

We are pleased to announce that the online applications for the Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards are now available. Please visit https://cookislandstourismawards.awardsplatform.com to register and start your application(s) today!

Awards Applications Opening Soon!

Online applications for our 2020 Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards will be available as of Monday 21 Oct 2019. This year there are 10 Business Categories, and businesses have the opportunity to submit applications in as many categories as they wish. The Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council highly encourages all of our members to submit an application and give your business a chance to win one of the coveted Awards! Further details and a link to the online applications will be available soon.

Our next Awards cycle is getting started!

Our new Awards Committee for the 2019/20 Awards has been formed and they will be having their first committee meeting this month (April 2019). They anticipate applications will be open by Oct 2019, with a deadline of Dec 2019. And our next Awards Gala is tentatively scheduled for April 2020. So watch this space!