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Page 72 • MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2015 COOK ISLANDS Bowls Carnival 2015 HURRY! Bookings close 16 April Experience this amazing opportunity to pl ay fun carnival bowls in paradise during the nation’s most colourful annual festival! Includes*: • Return economy airfares from Brisbane or Sydney • Accommodation at Edgewater Resort & Spa • All touring in a private air-conditioned coach • Meals, sightseeing, activities & entrance fees as specified in tour itinerary • Courtesy bottled water daily • Bowls Carnival registration and green fees, and an exclusive Cook Islands Bowls Carnival Tour 2015 Polo Shirt! For full tour information visit www.uplifttoursandtravel.com or contact Official Travel Partner Uplift Tours and Travel today! Ph: 07 3283 1966 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org From only pp twin share (including taxes of approx. $200)* Single Supplement $735. $3049 SOuTH PACIFIC - COOK ISlAndS Tuk tuk with a difference offered in Rarotonga new villas on Muri lagoon have long history A HUMBLE homestead on the sandy beach of Rarotonga’s Muri Lagoon that morphed into a very popular backpack- ers lodge with a global reputation now is into its third – and lasting – phase of life as a luxury resort. Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas opened on February 1, featuring four two-bed- room villas. One is right on the beach and the other three are tucked away behind the resort’s infinity pool. Developed by Moana and Fodil Nair, Crystal Blue Lagoon Villas combine is- land simplicity with elegant furnishings and upmarket facilities. Guest of honour at the opening of the family-owned complex was Mama Vara, who created Vara’s Backpackers from the Hunter homestead. On the web: www.crystalbluelagoon- villas.com THE TUK tuk, so ubiquitous in Thai- land and elsewhere in southeast Asia, is not usually associ- ated with the South Pacific. But in Rarotonga, where a lot of ve- hicles compete for limited road-space, they are perfect for transfers and touring. Karl and Tania Jackson have just (in February) launched Tike-e Tours, using six electric-pow- ered tuk tuks manufactured in Europe to European, Australian and NZ safety standards. Tike-e Tours is a clever name. The mythological tiki is familiar throughout Polynesia in the form of wooden, green- stone and bone carvings. In the Cook Islands it is often shown with prominent, endowed manhood. For New Zealanders and Cook Island- ers, however, ‘tiki tours’ is a catchphrase for touring around in a carefree way. Adapted to tuk tuks, it couldn’t be better. The Jacksons came up with their Tik-e Tours idea when they moved to Raro- tonga, where Tania’s mother lives. They liked the island lifestyle and started to think of ways to develop a service that was safe, fun, different, in keeping with the laid-back atmosphere, environmentally friendly and suitable for a road system that varies substantially in standard. Their tuk tuks are well suited to air- port transport, island tours, dinner trans- fers, as wedding ‘limos’, cocktail happy hour bar-hopping, corporate events and just for shopping or to the markets. On the web: https://www. facebook.com/pages/Tik-e - Tours/398291626986662 Call for MICE centre THE COOK Islands Tourism Corpo- ration has called for proposals from “qualified consulting firms or individu- als” for the development of a conven- tion centre feasibility study and design concepts project. This facility would be located on Rarotonga.