Aitutaki Industry turns it on for Australian and New Zealand travel agents

Members of the Aitutaki tourism industry and Cook Islands Tourism representatives who participated at Aitutaki’s “Meet and Eat” event last weekend.

Aitutaki’s Tamanu Beach Resort in association with Cook Islands Tourism and Aitutaki Tourism operators recently hosted Australian and New Zealand marketing and product managers to an amazing “Meet and Eat” event in beautiful Aitutaki.

Key industry players from Australia and New Zealand were treated to a delicious “12 Course progressive feast” with a dozen operators from Aitutaki each preparing their signature dishes.  Agents weaved their own traditional “raurau” (plaited leaf plates) then engaged with each operator at their sampling table, tasting the famous Ika Mata (raw fish in coconut and lime juice) , Sashimi, Island Curries, Grilled fish, salads and a range of island fruits.

Natalie Von Dincklage and Sarah Davies from House of Travel NZ with the crew from the Boat Shed Restaurant and their sashimi & Island style sushi dishes.

Tamanu Beach Resort General Manager, Nick Henry, said “Our industry really came together for this event to truly highlight all Aitutaki has to offer.  This was the first time many of our operators met “one on one” with key decision-makers from Australia and New Zealand.  We had small owner operated cafes, lagoon cruises, resorts and guest houses all sharing their hand-crafted meals, whilst showcasing their products and services”.

Agents also had the opportunity to visit Aitutaki properties and enjoy Aitutaki’s spectacular lagoon with a sunset fish BBQ at Honeymoon Island.

About Tamanu Beach Resort, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Located on the Sunset coast of Aitutaki, Tamanu Beach Resort has redefined casual luxury encompassing a relaxed 23 bungalow Cook Islands getaway. 

Offering a range of 1 bedroom garden and beachfront bungalows,   intimate beachfront and garden bungalows that feature outdoor coral showers plus the all new Tamanu Beachfront Villa. The resort  features 200 metres of white sandy beach, beachfront “Tamanu” restaurant and bar, on-site SPA offering a range of treatments to sooth the body and soul , two fresh water swimming pools, complimentary snorkelling gear, kayaks & SUPS to explore the lagoon and visit coral gardens and our very own giant clam. 

Being family owned and operated there is a focus on providing a truly Polynesian holiday experience, guests are invited to the Island Buffet and Fire Dance show on a Thursday night and a ‘Sunset BBQ’ on a Sunday night where new friends are made and stories of  Aitutaki adventures swapped.

For more information on Tamanu Beach Resort, please contact

Richard Hankin
Australia and New Zealand marketing representative
Tropics Tourism & Marketing Services
Tel:  + 61 409 512 944

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