I just fired off this email to the cook Island .gov
--To Whom It May Concern,
Sirs,please be advised,currently sweeping across the worldwide sailing/boating community ,the councils anchoring/ visiting fee increases are causing quite a stir of Negativity towards visiting and by extension,sadly,your lovely nation.
Cook Islands Council may wish to consider what and how these cost increases are/will affect the prestige and public relations Cook Islands has held.The Council should be aware sailors visiting carry and relate great warm experience from visiting which then in turn is relayed to expoentially more who fly in to experience same.
The message/PR relayed by these extreme "Fee increases",of over %1000 is that your Nation, sadly,is overcome by greed. World explorers,adventurers and tourists have distinct aversions to such world locations and tend to,"spread the word" to avoid such destinations.
I strongly suggest the Council reconsider the damaging outcomes engendered both,seen and unseen of these "fee increases".
Very Truely Yours,
Arthur Garfield ( I used my real name there)
Here's the site Addy for those that wish to send Cook Island Gov their thoughts of "fee increases"--- Cook Islands Government - Search Engine
click the "contact" to send message
All the Best