Cook Islands Named 'Oceania's Leading Island Destination’ – Again!

Cook Islands Tourism
Cook Islands Tourism Marketing Corporation (CIT) is pleased to announce that the Cook Islands have been awarded the title of "Oceania's Leading Island Destination 2023", at the World Travel Awards on 7 September 2023.

Last year, the island of Aitutaki was independently identified as the winner of the title. It's fantastic to now see the Cook Islands as a collective being acknowledged, says Ms Noeline Mateariki, CIT Director of Global Sales and Marketing. This recognition solidifies the Cook Islands' position as a premier Oceania island destination, especially when being compared to the island destination of Bora Bora who were the previous title holders for 3 consecutive years.

Congratulations to our industry members on their outstanding achievements who were also recognized at the World Travel Awards. Their contributions play a pivotal role in elevating the Cook Islands' tourism industry and enhancing the visitor experience.

  • Oceania’s Leading Resort 2023: Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands (for the second consecutive year)
  • Cook Islands’ Leading Boutique Hotel 2023: Little Polynesian (marking their fourth win in this category)
  • Cook Islands’ Leading Resort 2023: Etu Moana
  • Cook Islands’ Leading Villa Resort 2023: Pacific Resort Aitutaki

Ms. Karla Eggelton, CIT CEO, expressed, "These awards serve as a testament to the commitment of our tourism industry and its dedication in providing authentic island experiences. It is pleasing to see the Cook Islands emerge as a leading preference for travelers in the Oceania region.“

Oceania's Leading Island Destination 2023

About World Travel Awards

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