Rarotonga, Cook Islands (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
Prime Minister Henry Puna of the Cook Islands, a country comprised of 15 islands located in the South Pacific, has just announced that the small nation has just begun the construction of the world’s largest marine park. The ocean reserve will take in the entire southern half of the nation’s waters as it covers almost 1.1 million square kilometres, an area that is said to be twice the size of France. The development of the marine park is part of the commitment of the Pacific island nation to maintain the health of its waters, which house one of the most ecologically important marine ecosystems in the world. Representatives from online accommodation provider HomeForHire.com state that this new development will not only help preserve the ocean nation’s rich environment, but also greatly contribute to the country’s economy through increased business and ecotourism. The company’s experts speculate that accommodation in Rarotonga, the capital of the archipelago, will definitely increase as the marine park opens in the near future.
According to data from the Cook Islands Statistics Office, more than 110,000 people have visited the Pacific nation in the past year. Majority of this group — more than 100,000, in fact — have gone to the Cook Islands for a vacation, to host a wedding or go on honeymoon, or to visit friends and family members residing in the country. This number will most likely rise, HomeForHire.com experts say, due to the enormous potential offered by the construction of a marine park — and the largest one in the world, no less.
Currently, the most popular tourist activities in Rarotonga include diving and ocean swimming, touring native villages, and exploring the country’s pristine natural settings. Attractions such as the marine park will add yet another option in the long list of the country’s tourist spots. Speakers from Rarotonga accommodation provider HomeForHire.com state that this new ocean reserve will also be added to their website’s concierge service, which was inaugurated earlier this year. The concierge lists activities grouped into categories such as adventure and adrenaline, air activities, shopping, sightseeing, and family entertainment. The marine park is set to be listed under nature and ecotourism, along with other ecotourism attractions like Pa’s Treks and The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre.
According to Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna, the new marine park will be zoned for different uses, such as fishing, deep-sea mineral extraction, and tourism. He adds that these activities will only be carried out if they comply with the country’s goals for sustainable ocean management.
With such dedication to protecting the environment, travellers across the world can expect a world-class ecotourism attraction. The marine park, along with the country’s other attractions and exceptional services, is bound to increase bookings for Rarotongan holiday homes, state speakers from HomeForHire.com.