rising levels of expatriate employees

STATISTICS One Cook Islander is employed for every five beds in the country's tourism industry - about the same ratio as 21 years ago. There were 563 residents employeed in hotels and motels, according to Statistics Cook Islands. However six times as many expatriate employees are employed, up from 15 in 1983 to 94 in 2004. Figures on resident and expatriate employee figures are only contained in the annual bulletin, with the next one not due until July 2006. Quarterly bulletins give slightly different figures - split between part and full-time workers. Latest available figures show just 513 full-time workers, with 140 part-time. This total - 653 - contrasts with a high of 685 workers in December 2004. Tourism has dropped dramatically since then.

12 comments:

Buzz Macmuff said...

Lies, damned lies and statistics aside, it is a bit tricky to interpret these numbers. Tourism has dropped, because we had five cyclones in a row at the start of 2005 after seven(?) years of none. I think a lot of residents are actually doing overtime if these figures are to make sense. Most of the expat employees would be Fijians. Fiji doesn't treat workers that well. And as for the Cook Islanders, they move on to New Zealand - there are more Cookies in Auckland than the islands combined!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I think there are more people working in the industry. Probably excluded because they are getting paid under the table etc.

The biggest problem is that Raro does not have proper conference facilities for overseas visitors! Most studies show that conference visitors spend between 3 and 7 times more than ordinary travellers (gifts for wives and children, momentos to prove they actually went to it etc). Fingers crossed that the Vaimaanga get's finished so we get these desperately needed facilities.

avaiki said...

Gifts for "wives" ? Ummm, women go to conferences too. The anonymous Tepkai supporter might like to update their attitudes accordingly. As for the desperately needed facility - desperate for who? Tepaki?

Buzz Macmuff said...

Get real "Avaiki", everyone here is anonymous. It is the internet. I also support Tepaki along with a whole lot of others because he just keeps going, despite all the knockers, the setbacks and the negativity. How did Tepaki wrong you? Is he too much of a "tall poppy" for your liking?

I agree 100% with Anonymous, we do not have the conference facilities on the Rock, and because of it, we miss out big time. I have checked and the university studies show that conference delegates and attendees spend much more than the ordinary tourists.

We must grow our tourism instead of putting our heads in the sand and attacking the people with good ideas. Anonymous, you keep on trucking - I'll take your two cents worth any day of the week!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Buzz. I'm not a "Tepkai supporter" like Mr "Avaiki" claims, but I will support anyone that finishes the eyesore at Vaimaanga, which we are all paying for. It has to be finished. Yeah, I think Mr Avaiki has sour grapes for one reason or another, most probably envy. Don't let it compromise your integrity son. My name is Jim, don't wear it out.

avaiki said...

Quite right Buzz MacMuff - I assumed that everyone knows who Avaiki is. Always wrong to assume anything! For the record, my name is Jason Brown, and I am owner and editor of this website. My profile has been updated accordingly. I assume I would be wrong to assume one more thing - that Buzz MacMuff is not a real name and that anonymous is the same person by a different (non)name. On the face of it, there is nothing controversial in quoting university studies. It would be nice to know which university and who is going to so much trouble to make all these comments! Tepaki has done nothing to wrong me. It is however a classic trick of fraudsters and their cronies to personalise criticism rather than answer questions or debate the issues. And hiding behind anonymous identities is the oldest trick of all.

jason brown
editor
avaiki nius agency

Anonymous said...

After seeing the kind of irresponsible journalism produced by Mr "Brown", which lately has been nothing more than gossip, innuendo and misinterpreted statistics, I'll keep my anonymity to prevent him dragging my good name thru the mud! Use Google to find the studies that show 3 to 7 times more are spent! We need conference facilities, not backbiters and fishwives' gossip! Jim the Scarlet Pimpernel!

avaiki said...

"Jim the Scarlet Pimpernel" - says it all really.


jason brown
editor
avaiki nius agency

Buzz Macmuff said...

I think Avaiki aka Mr Brown needs to get real - he was pretty much asking for a Scarlet Pimpernel, ie:.

1. Mr Brown posted a story about tourism, Anonymous said that Rarotonga needs conference facilities and needs to complete the Sheraton - sound advice in my opinion if tourism is declining as Mr Brown claims.

2. Then Mr Brown scoffs, turns it into a "Tepaki" issue and accuses all and sundry of being tricksters and fraudsters. What the hell has Tepaki got to do with the price of fish? You are clearly obsessed with Tepaki Mr Brown. What did he do to you?

Anonymous said...

I agree. Just the facts Ma'am. Personal opinion and bias has no place in the news. Thats what opinion pieces are for

Anonymous said...

Real shame that a serious discussion about the tourism statistics and what we need to rescue our tourism was hijacked by offtopic BS about the Tepaki Group.

ATP said...

Hey bro have you moved into my house yet?
Cheers,
AT