Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Aitutaki is rapidly recovering from Cyclone Pat’s visit last week and is open for business, assured the Cook Islands earlier this week.Cook Islands Tourism said on Tuesday it was working closely with the Tourism Council of Aitutaki to ensure travel agencies throughout NZ that the atoll is ready to receive visitors.“Aitutaki is very reliant on tourism and this has ensured a collective and intensive effort to clean up the island as quickly as possible” said Cook Islands Tourism GM Chris Ingram.“The tour companies are all fully operational as of Sunday and Air Rarotonga since Friday, with their schedule increasing as the demand dictates. Similarly many of the restaurants are open for business with full services.”Ingram said a team of technicians from Rarotonga were on the island progressively working to fully restore all communications systems. He added that Telecom Cook Islands had already restored lines to most properties and almost all properties have been re-connected to the mains power supply while others are using generators. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2439e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> “Rest assured visitors will not be placed in a room that isn’t fully operational and up to our normal high standards”However, Ingram said all of the eight villages on Aitutaki were damaged from the cyclone.“There is damage but there is so much beauty still on the island and in the people”“There has been a massive effort to bring life back to normal. Paradise has been injured but not lost. We are staying and will definitely return.”To see how Aitutaki has recovered see our Gallery images here.