Awards

Travel + Leisure
2013 World’s Best Awards

The islands of Moorea and Bora Bora nabbed two of the five spots for “Best Island” category in Travel + Leisure’sWorld’s Best Awards” – the magazine’s prestigious annual readers’ survey. Moorea ranked at number two and Bora Bora rounded out the top five. The islands were honored in the Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region category.

The Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey reveals readers’ favorite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car-rental agencies, spas, safari outfitters, and tour operators and are listed on www.TravelandLeisure.com.

Top Islands – Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
# 2 – Moorea
# 5 – Bora Bora

Top Cruise Lines – Small-Ship Cruise Lines
# 7 – Paul Gauguin Cruises

Top Cruise Lines – Small-Ship Cruise Lines for Families
# 1 – Paul Gauguin Cruises

Top 100 Hotels
# 5 – Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Top Hotel Spa – Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
# 1 – St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Top Resorts – Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific
# 1 – Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
# 4 – St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
# 6 – Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa
# 7 – Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa
# 9 – InterContinental Tahiti Resort
# 10 – Le Méridien Tahiti

HotelsWorld First Awards Ceremony
Pacific Beachcomber’s Richard Bailey Recieves “Global First Award”

Richard Bailey received the “Global First Award” in the inaugural HotelsWorld First Awards, the leading event for industry CEOs and other senior executives in the Australia and New Zealand region, held in Sydney, Australia, on July 24, 2013.

The HotelsWorld First Awards were created to honor industry leaders with the qualities of first – those who have achieved something special and unique, something that has been an unprecedented success by being genuine first in the world of guest accommodation.

“I am honored to receive this special honor,” said Bailey. “At each of our properties and on our cruise ships, we strive to deliver the most luxurious, memorable, and enriching experience to our guests. Sustainable development and tourism is a cornerstone of our business model and we attach great importance to protecting the environment along with preserving local traditions and culture.”

Online Media Coverage


The Huffington Post – January 2013
“Exploring Bora Bora And Tikehau In French Polynesia”

Blogger and freelance journalist, David Duran, featured the island of Bora Bora and the atoll of Tikehau in a recent Huff Post Travel blog story.

David highlights the crystal clear lagoons and leaves readers with tips and must-dos, including snorkeling, ray & shark feeding, and just lounging in the lagoon. He also shares great tips and best ways on how to book your next dream vacation to paradise.

Click here to view his post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 40,903,800
Page Views Per Month: 105,940,842


Cruising World Magazine – January 2013
“Sail Polynesia in Tahiti Pearl Regatta”

Elaine Lembo writes about how a sunny day, emerald waters, and warm breezes are the perfect conditions for a downwind run amongst sails racing to the finish line in the Tahiti Pearl Regatta.

Click here to view the spread.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 4,254


Houston Chronicle – January 2013
French Polynesia’s 50 Shades of Blue

Michelle Newman’s take on the “50 Shades of Blue” begins from the moment she boards Air Tahiti Nui to the moment she dips her toes in the lagoon!

Click here to view her post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041


Budget Travel – February 2013
10 Islands to See Before You Die

It’s no surprise why Bora Bora is on everyone’s “bucket list” – the title of the article says it all!

Click here to view the article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 1,225,719
Page Views Per Month: 3,333,955


Travel Age West – February 2013
At first sight

Travel Age West editor Mindy Poder shares about her experiences staying at all four InterContinental Resorts in French Polynesia.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 2,269


Travel + Leisure – February 2013
World’s Most Romantic Islands

The Islands of Tahiti captured the hearts of Travel + Leisure readers, who voted Bora Bora the No. 1 island for romance, Moorea the No. 8, and Huahine at No. 14 in this year’s World’s Best Awards survey.

Click here to view the article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 235,388
Page Views Per Month: 1,224,017


Houston Chronicle – February 2013
Meet the Mamas: Keepers of Polynesian Culture

Michelle Newman highlights her experiences with the local Mamas at Le Marché in Papeete, and at a Polynesian feast in Huahine.

She notes “These highly respected matriarchs and wise elders are the keepers of Polynesian culture and traditions.”

Click here to view her post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041


Travel Channel – March 2013
The Daily Escape: St. Regis Bora Bora

The article opens with “Pinch yourself” – reassuring readers that your best dream comes true when you step foot at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

Click here to view the article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 931,059
Page Views Per Month: 1,908,671


The Huffington Post – March 2013
Honeymoon Destinations 2013

The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa ranks on the “Top 10 Most Relaxing Trips for Newlyweds” list.

Click here to view the article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 40,903,800
Page Views Per Month: 105,940,842


Houston Chronicle – March 2013
Keeping up with the Kardashians in Bora Bora – or at least trying to

Blogger and freelance journalist, Michelle Newman, gets to live like a Kardashian during her stay at the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa.

Click here to view her post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041


Green Global Travel
First Impressions: Our Initial Thoughts on The Islands of Tahiti

Writers Bret and Mary Love share their initial first impressions of the Islands of Tahiti, and their dream vacation that they will be talking about for the rest of their lives.

Click here to view her post.


USA TODAY
TripAdvisor’s Top Islands for 2013

The island of Moorea ranked on TripAdvisor’s “Top Islands for 2013″ and was covered by USA Today.

Click here to view her post.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 16,735,759
Page Views Per Month: 32,300,014


Daily Candy – May 2013
Fathom Shares 13 Hot-Weather Escapes

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa was featured as one of the top 13 escapes for those looking for a hot-weather destination.

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Fathom Way to Go – May 2013
Most Romantic Hotels in Australia and the South Pacific

We are pleased to share that three hotels made it on this list! Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, St. Regis Resort Bora Bora, and the Sofitel Private Island Bora Bora.

Click here to view the rest of the post

In addition, Fathom has also posted a Tahiti Guide page on their website where you can read other related Tahiti articles.

Click here to view the Fathom Tahiti Guide.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 28,927
Page Views Per Month: 57,854


Event Planning, a blog by Cvent – May 2013
50 Shades of Green: Venues Raise the Sustainability for Meetings and Events

Writer Julie Catalano states that although many hotels and convention centers have been on the sustainability track for years now, there are those that have taken green to a whole new level, such as the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

The resort is the first in the world to implement SWAC – sea water air-conditioning – which helps offset the cost and environmental impact of what is usually a property’s biggest electricity-guzzler: air conditioning.

Click here to view the full blog.


US Weekly.com – May 2013
Audrina Patridge shows off bikini body in Tahiti!

Audrina Patridge, from the hit MTV reality show The Hills, was recently spotted on the beautiful island of Moorea with her on-again off-again boyfriend Corey Bohan,

The couple stayed at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.

Click here to view more photos of her romantic escape!

Unique Visitors Per Month: 5,653,247
Page Views Per Month: 31,884,313


Travel Age West – May 2013
Tahiti Yacht Charters

Editor Skye Marying traveled to the Islands of Tahiti, and experienced sailing from Raiatea to Rangiroa with Tahiti Yacht Charters.

“The French Polynesian cruise company specializes in private sailings and encourages guests to follow their impulses, whether that’s sunbathing on the bow’s mesh trampoline or getting PADI certified in the Leeward Islands,” says Marying of the charter company.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 2,269


The Daily Escape – May 2013
Overwater Bungalow

The Travel Channel highlighted three hotels in Bora Bora – Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Le Méridien Bora Bora, and the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort – for their overwater bungalows.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 931,059
Page Views Per Month: 1,908,671


New York Post – May 2013
Swimming with Sharks – Finning around Paradise

Writer Terry Ward shares what it’s like swimming with black tip reef sharks in Moorea and Bora Bora and notes that it’s not to be missed. However, for the daring ones, she recommends scuba diving 80 feet below the surface at the passages of Rangiroa or Fakarava, where one can spot hammerhead sharks, and grey sharks.

“It’s nothing short of an underwater Serengeti out here,” says Ward.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 2,888,456
Page Views Per Month: 7,134,486


MSN.com – May 2013
The World’s Best Sailing Destinations

Writer Robin Dalmas listed the Islands of Tahiti as one of the best sailing destinations in the world. Sunsail, The Moorings, and Tahiti Yacht Charters and their respective bases on the island of Raiatea and sailing packages were mentioned.

“If you’ve ever listened to ‘Southern Cross’ and heard Stephen Stills croon about ‘a downhill run to Papeete,’ you’ve sailed to Tahiti in French Polynesia … in your mind,” Dalmas writes.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 58,710,872
Page Views Per Month: 145,015,853


Houston Chronicle – June 2013
Moorea – The Island with Spirit

Michelle Newman describes the magical island of Moorea, teeming with “Mana” (spirit) as a romantic honeymoon haven set against a postcard-pretty setting.

“Moorea is like Maui on steroids. Breathtakingly beautiful, heart-shaped Moorea, the island of love, is everything that I expected a South Pacific island to be. Moorea never disappointed me for a second,” describes Newman.

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041


Departure Magazine – June 2013
Memorable Hotel Arrivals

There’s no better way than being greeted by a red carpet when arriving at a hotel! Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora was featured as one of the ten hotels that know how to put out a world-class welcome mat in this piece by Adam Graham.

Click here to read the full article.


San Antonio Express News – June 2013
Hilton’s Heavenly Resort in Moorea

“From the moment I entered the open-air lobby I knew I was in a special place. Within seconds, I decompressed and just stood in awe absorbing all of the beauty surrounding me,” says Michelle Newman about the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.

Click here to read the full article.


The Vancouver Sun – June 2013
Island hopping aboard a luxury private catamaran in French Polynesia

Writer/blogger Mark Sissons boarded a 3-day all-inclusive trip aboard the Tahiti Dream Yacht charter in Uturoa, Raiatea, and imagined what it must have felt like being Captain Bligh and his mutinous crew of the HMS Bounty who navigated through these uncharted waters over two-centuries ago.

“For them, as for me, navigating the world’s most beautiful collection of far-flung exotic islands must have felt like paradise found,” says Sissons.

Click here to read the full article.


Houston Chronicle – June 2013
Tahiti’s Voices of Angels

Writer/blogger Michelle Newman experienced a typical holy day at church on the island of Tahiti.

Newman says in her blog, “The choir started singing in heavenly harmony which quickly grew into a major crescendo. I could feel the intensity and knew this came from the heart.”

Click here to read the full article.

Unique Visitors Per Month: 3,231,761
Page Views Per Month: 5,397,041


San Antonio Express News – July 2013
Le Taha’a – A Vanilla Odyssey

A beach villa at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, a private cooking class with Chef Antoine, a hands-on culinary experience with the F&B Manager, and a circle island tour on Taha’a to discover the vanilla plantations – were activities that writer Michelle Newman experienced while in Taha’a.

Click here to read the full article.

Printed Media Coverage

Alaska Airlines Magazine – February 2013
Polynesian Paradise – Touring captivating islands in the South Pacific

Writer Barbara Beckley’s article in the February issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine highlights the beauty of the islands, and provides a history lesson that was given to her by Patrick Picard Robson during her stay at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.

Taha’a, Bora Bora and Rangiroa were featured in her article, and she describes how different these islands are from one another. In addition to Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa were also featured.

“I can hardly believe my eyes as I lounge on the edge of the immense lagoon surrounding the South Pacific island of Taha’a. No ocean can look like this, I say to myself as I admire the water’s green and azure shades from the deck of my overwater suite at Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa on the islet of Motu Tautau, a five minute boat ride from the island of Taha’a,” notes Beckley in her article.

Circulation: 80,000

ISLANDS Magazine – March 2013
Stay Here – Pond View

Maitai Lapita Village on Huahine was featured in March 2013 ISLANDS Magazine by writer Zach Stovall. The name of his piece “Stay Here – Pond View”, describes how he was “ensconced” in greenery with a view overlooking the pond from his bungalow.

“There are few tourists and one supermarket on the island. On a deck overlooking the pond, I can hear the birds at dawn, and the fish at dusk. There’s no tide. No crashing waves. It’s a quiet Tahiti that has yet to change,” says Stovall.

Circulation: 204,989

US Weekly – March 18, 2013
Honeymoon in Tahiti!

Ashley Herbert, former star on ABC’s hit TV show The Bachelorette visited the Islands of Tahiti with her husband J.P. Rosenbaum to celebrate their honeymoon. They split their honeymoon between Rangiroa and Bora Bora and stayed at Le Méridien Bora Bora, and the Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa.

Their honeymoon was featured in a two-page spread in a March issue of US Weekly Magazine, along with images showcasing the hotels, Air Tahiti Nui and activities in the islands. The newlywed couple enjoyed ray & shark feeding, and a 4×4 safari tour on Bora Bora.

Rosenbaum mentioned how he had always pictured his honeymoon somewhere in an overwater bungalow, “My vision of the ultimate honeymoon was always in a little hut on the water. It’s a fantasy land.”

“My favorite moments were just us sitting on our balcony. Everywhere you looked was picturesque. I want to go back,” says Herbert of her romantic getaway.

Circulation: 1,977,250

GUESS Magazine – Spring/Summer 2013
The Island Issue

Thanks to Mr. Paul Marciano and his wonderful team at GUESS, the island of Bora Bora was featured as the true star in a 28-page spread of the Spring/Summer catalog.

“On location in Bora Bora, we took the fun to a new level and I was so struck by how much each of us needs to just escape and let go. Don’t you find that a special, remote place – completely outside of your day-to-day life – can inspire you to be more spontaneous, more alive, bolder and truly free,” says Marciano.

“My son Ryan and daughter Gia are half Tahitian, which is why I have a deep love for Tahiti and all the islands. I fell in love with Tahiti at first sight, as I did with their mother, Mareva,” says Marciano of his family.

We would like to thank Air Tahiti Nui, Air Tahiti, and SPM Hotels, Resorts & Spa and its staff at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa for their partnership and all of their efforts.


Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazines – May/June 2013
10 Sexy Suites – Where to go for the hottest honeymoon

Adam McCulloch’s article in the May/June 2013 Destination Weddings & Honeymoons rounds up the “Top 10 Sexy Suites in the World for a Hot Honeymoon” and features the one bedroom overwater villa at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort at #8.

He notes that the Islands of Tahiti were the first to invent the overwater bungalow, and that this room category is Tahiti’s ultimate signature accommodation.

“Bora Bora invented the overwater bungalow (2012 marked the 45th anniversary of this exotic room category) so of course hotels here have been upping the romance factor ever since,” says McCulloch.

Circulation: 100,000

ISLANDS Magazine – May 2013
Rise Right

The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa was featured in the May issue of ISLANDS Magazine. Photographer Justin Lewis was in Tahiti for two weeks shooting a surf film, and also visited the island of Moorea and captured amazing images of the rising peaks of this magical island.

“I was enthralled by the beauty of the scene developing in front of me. But to capture all of it was tricky. This image is actually 10 images shot as verticals and stitched together. I used a panorama tripod to ensure a seamless effect,” says Justin.

He notes that the quality of light in Moorea was unique, which made his job “unusually fun” and helped him capture this beautiful image of Moorea.

Circulation: 204,989


Roxy Catalog – Summer 2013
Tahiti

Roxy Catalog dedicated their entire summer 2013 catalog to the Islands of Tahiti.

The 38-page catalog featured all of Roxy’s new summer gear in photo shoots that took place in Tahiti and Moorea with four surfer/models.

The catalog featured the Moorea Fruit Juice Factory & Manutea Tahiti, the Belvedere Lookout, and shots from Teahupoo.

Los Angeles Times, Travel Section   – May 2013
Bora Bora’s beauty deserves a lasting look


In An Amelotte’s article, she notes that there is a Bora Bora for everyone. She started the first half of her honeymoon on the main island of Bora Bora in a studio at the Sunset Hill Lodge – a smaller lodge type accommodation which allows you to mingle a bit more with the locals. The other half was spent at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, where they were able to enjoy a full 90-minute spa treatment.

“I was sad when we left Gérard. But I was in tears when we had to leave the Thalasso. ‘Don’t cry, baby,’ Jeff said on the boat to the airport. “We’ll come back. I promise.”

Circulation: 641,369

ISLANDS Magazine – July 2013
Why We Can’t Get enough of Tahiti’s Bungalows

The July Issue of ISLANDS Magazine is dedicated to overwater bungalows throughout the Islands of Tahiti. In addition to a beautiful cover, the issue also features a 30-page spread on Tahiti’s overwater bungalows.

Photo editor Lori Barbeli and senior staff photographer Jon Whittle separately spent 25 days in 19 overwater bungalows on the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Taha’a, Bora Bora and Rangiroa in March 2013.

They feature a brief history of the birth of bungalows and a profile on “the Bali Hai Boys” – Jay Carlisle, Hugh Kelley and Don “Muk” McCallum – who came up with the idea of building the first overwater bungalows in French Polynesia and later opened the Club Bali Hai Hotel in Moorea.

“Some bungalows are the size of dorm rooms (as if it matters in the South Pacific). So when I first saw a hallway, sitting room and huge bathroom in my bungalow at the St. Regis, I thought they’d mistakenly booked me into the owner’s suite. Nope, it was standard. ‘I need you here,’ I texted my wife. ‘All the pets too,’ said Whittle.

Televised Media Coverage


The Amazing Race – February 2013
The Island of Bora Bora hosts CBS’ The Amazing Race!

The dream destination of Bora Bora played host to the first two episodes of the 22nd season of CBS’ The Amazing Race.  The first episode aired on February 17, 2013, and both episodes were filmed on the island of Bora Bora. Air Tahiti Nui, Tahiti Tourisme North America, Air Tahiti and Hilton French Polynesia were eager to participate in the project since this multi-Emmy award winning show is known for creating contestant challenges that celebrate the culture and unique features of each country they visit.

The Amazing Race challenged the contestants to experience some of Tahiti’s top adventures including skydiving from above Bora Bora’s signature blue lagoon and its majestic Mt. Otemanu, sand castle building on a powdery white sand beach and assembling an outrigger canoe to race across the lagoon.

Viewership: 12 million per episode in North America/80 million in over 200 countries


House Hunters International – February 2013
Moorea Featured on House Hunters International!

House Hunters International is a property and travel documentary that follows people’s property search as they relocate to new parts of the world.

The beauty and culture of Moorea were featured in this episode.

The show is broadcast in the USA, Canada and South America and each episode has an average viewership of 1.7 million in North America.


Evening Magazine/KING 5 TV (NBC)
French Polynesia

In February 2013, KING 5′s Evening Magazine visited the Islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora to produce five exclusive shows that aired Monday through Thursday, and a complete half hour show closed the week on Friday. The shows were supported with weeklong teasers and promotions.

Hosts Meeghan Black and Saint Bryan took viewers through the Islands of Tahiti and shared some of the most exciting activities and sites – everything from swimming with sharks and stingrays in Bora Bora to discovering the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora’s beautiful grounds.

Evening Magazine/KING 5’s TV (NBC affiliate) has been on the air for more than 25 years, and has hundreds of Emmys and other awards for being one of the highest rated local television shows in the country.

Viewership: 302,000 per episode

Tahiti Arrivals – March 2013

Ia ora na Tahiti Travel Partners!

We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Statistics of French Polynesia (ISPF) has released the statistics for March 2013.

North Americans accounted for 43.1% of all Tahiti visitors for March 2013. Total North American arrivals for the month of March 2013 alone were 5,992, a + 12.2% increase or + 652 visitors more than March 2012. Year to date, North America is up 6%.

Land arrivals excluding VFR (visiting friends and relatives) for the same month were 4,484 passengers total, a + 14.2 % increase or + 558 passengers over March 2012.

Total North American “paid room nights” for March 2013 increased to 38,951, a + 12% increase or + 4,160 “paid room nights” over March 2012, while the total cruise arrivals were 1,293 passengers, a + 6.9 % increase or + 83 passengers.

The United States delivered 12,395 visitors, while Canada delivered 2,777 visitors, and Mexico delivered 199 visitors, for a total of 15,371 visitors for the first three months of the year.

Tahiti Tourisme North America would like to thank and congratulate all of our partners for these wonderful results. This increase of arrivals illustrates synergy among our Tahiti partners and the overall interest in the Islands of Tahiti from North America.

To all of our partners, who continue to work so hard to promote the Islands of Tahiti, we would like to extend our gratitude.

Mauruuru roa,
Tahiti Tourisme North America

Tahiti Arrivals – January 2013

Ia ora na Tahiti Travel Partners!

We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Statistics of French Polynesia (ISPF) has released the statistics for January 2013.

North Americans accounted for 43.5% of all Tahiti visitors for January 2013. Total North American arrivals for the month of January 2013 alone were 4,858, a + 16.3% increase or + 683 visitors more than January 2012.

Land arrivals excluding VFR (visiting friends and relatives) for the same month were 2,207 passengers total, a + 15.7 % increase or + 300 passengers over January 2012.

Total North American “paid room nights” for January 2013 increased to 19,245, a + 6% increase or + 1,081 “paid room nights” over January 2012, while the total cruise arrivals were 2,486 passengers, a + 16.1 % increase or + 346 passengers.

The United States delivered 3,847 visitors, while Canada delivered 1,011 visitors, and Mexico delivered 45 visitors, for a total of 4,903 visitors for the month of January 2013.

Tahiti Tourisme North America would like to thank and congratulate all of our partners for these wonderful results. This increase of arrivals illustrates synergy among our Tahiti partners and the overall interest in the Islands of Tahiti from North America.

To all of our partners, who continue to work so hard to promote the Islands of Tahiti, we would like to extend our gratitude.

Mauruuru roa,

Tahiti Tourisme North America

The Island of Bora Bora Hosts CBS’ The Amazing Race

Ia ora na Partners!

We are pleased to announce that the dream destination of Tahiti played host to the first two episodes of the 22nd season of CBS’ The Amazing Race

Shot in November 2012 on the island of Bora Bora, Air Tahiti Nui, Tahiti Tourism and Hilton French Polynesia, with special assistance from the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa and Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora, were especially eager to participate in this project. This multi-Emmy winning show is known for creating contestant challenges that celebrate the culture and unique features of each country they visit.

The Amazing Race challenged the contestants to experience some of Tahiti’s top adventures.

The first episode airs this Sunday, February 17 and the second follows on Sunday February 24 at 8 PM PST on CBS – Be sure to tune in!

WHAT: The Amazing Race Goes to Bora Bora
WHEN: On February 17 and February 24, 2013 at 8PM PST
WHERE: On CBS!

Click here to find more details on the episode.

For more news on the Islands of Tahiti, please click here.

Mauruuru roa!
Tahiti Tourisme North America

Awards

Two Bora Bora Properties Honored on Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2013” List
Bora Bora is home to the two properties named in the French Polynesia category of Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2013” list – one of the magazine’s prestigious annual readers’ surveys.  Both the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort made their debut on the list this year.  The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora was also honored as “top-ranked for romance.”

Seven properties, located throughout the Islands of Tahiti, were named in the French Polynesia category of the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List – The World’s Best Places to Stay. The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora scored as the number one hotel in French Polynesia and the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa made its debut on the list this year.

Also honored on the list is the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, Huahine Te Tiare Beach Resort, Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa and Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa.

We are also pleased to announce that the m/s Paul Gauguin was honored as one of the “Top 20 Small Cruise Ships” in 2013.

The annual Gold List is based on the Readers’ Choice Awards, and reflects the combined opinions of 46,476 Condé Nast Traveler readers rating the cities, islands, and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they travelled with. The Gold List is featured in the January 2013 issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

The Islands of Tahiti recognizes this year’s local recipients of the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice® awards for their exceptional standards and the example they set for both the region as well as the broader hospitality industry.

Now in its eleventh year, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

Travelers’ Choice Hotel winners from the Islands of Tahiti include the following properties in noted categories:

Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the World
#8 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#19 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the South Pacific:
#1 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#3 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Top 25 Hotel in the South Pacific
#1 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
# 2 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#12 Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa
#18 Intercontinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Top 25 Hotel for Service in the South Pacific
#4 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
#21 St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
#24 Vahine Island

Top 25 Small Hotels in the South Pacific
#17 Vahine Island

Top 25 Bargin Hotels in the South Pacific
#7 Tikehau Ninamu Resort
#18 Vahine Island Resort

Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the South Pacific
#19 Tevahine Dream

“TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”

As TripAdvisor has continued its growth globally, featuring sites in 30 countries and in 21 languages, the Travelers’ Choice Hotel awards now highlight a broader range of spectacular properties across the globe than ever before.

To see the 2013 Travelers’ Choice Hotel winners, visit www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.

Tahiti Tourisme North America Welcomes Rani Chaves

We are pleased to announce that travel professional Rani Chaves has recently joined Tahiti Tourisme North America.

Rani brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about the Islands of Tahiti. Her experience includes serving seven years working on cruise ships such as the M/S Paul Gauguin, where she served as Receptionist, Hostess, and Cruise Director while working with the entertainment team and activity desk. She also served as Director of Sales & Marketing at Haumana Cruises, a boutique cruise company that previously sailed to the atoll of Rangiroa. She was also the Sales Manager at Bora Bora Cruises where she covered the North and South American markets, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Some of Rani’s other experience includes serving as Cruise Department Manager at Tahiti Nui Travel, one of Tahiti’s inbound wholesalers and Director of Sales & Marketing at Tahiti Cruise & Vacation, where her main task was to develop merging markets.

Prior to joining the Tahiti Tourisme North America team, she was the Sales & Marketing Representative for Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, where she was responsible for the United States, Canada and South America.

Chaves was born and raised in Tahiti. At age 19, she moved to France, and then on to New York and Tokyo where she studied International Business and Management. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish and now resides in Southern California.

More information about the Islands of Tahiti can be found at: http://www.TahitiTourism.com.
Rani Chaves can be reached via email at: rchaves@tahititourism.com.

Tahiti Nui Travel Develops New Online Tools

Tahiti Nui Travel recently developed new tools to help its tour operator partners better promote, sell and book trips to French Polynesia.

Tahiti Nui Travel launched an exclusive BtoB web portal powered by Tourplan IS, which provides travel professionals with the following services:

-           An exclusive and daily updated database including 8,000 different products: international hotels, boutique lodges, guesthouses, transfers, excursions, domestic air passes, VIP services, cruises…etc.

-          A comprehensive room inventory in the destination: allotments and online free sale rooms in most hotels

-          A complete quoting tool and booking engine providing net rates and specials with an immediate confirmation on accommodation service

Online access to a detailed rate manual including all special offers as well as a comprehensive media library

Beyond these tools and services, the new portal brings a unique platform to share an online forum with Tahiti Nui Travel Reservation agents to design, quote and book any tailor-made itinerary.

These new services are also available through XML interfaces to allow tour operators willing to connect their system to Tahiti Nui Travel booking system.

Feel free to contact Tahiti Nui Travel’s team for any question or suggestion.

BtoB website:                   www.tahitinuitravel.com
Sales contact:                   marketing@tahitinuitravel.pf
Press contact:                   presse@tahitinuitravel.pf