2013 U.S. Workshops Come to Successful Close

Tahiti Tourisme North America concluded its 2013 travel agent workshop series with over 850 attending travel agents. The workshops were conducted in 12 cities across the U.S. with 21 supplier and tour operator partners.

The workshop series traveled to the Air Tahiti Nui/American Airlines codeshare cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Scottsdale/Phoenix, Miami, Atlanta and Dallas. Workshops were also held in Newport Beach and Portland.

The Tahiti destination presentation given during the workshops emphasized culture, history, and the “Hidden Paradise” islands such as Huahine, Rangiroa, the Tuamotu atolls, the Marquesas, the Austral islands and the Gambier islands. There was also a focus on the primary niche markets including dive, yacht charters and spa.

Many travel agents expressed a renewed interest in becoming a “Certified Tahiti Specialist” and look forward to the re-launch of the updated Tahiti Tiare Program. To continue communications with the travel agents, Tahiti Tourisme North America’s Tiare News newsletter will highlight different islands, activities, and cultural aspects that the agents may share with their clients.

Participating partners included Air Tahiti Nui, the national carrier to the Islands of Tahiti and cruise line partners CPTM Aranui and Paul Gauguin Cruises.  Hotel and resort partners included Hilton French Polynesia, Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa, InterContinental French Polynesia, Le Méridien Tahiti & Le Méridien Bora Bora, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa, Maitai Hotels, Ninamu Resort, Sofitel French Polynesia and South Pacific Management Hotels, Resorts and Spa. The following tour operator partners also participated: Classic Vacations, Islands Escapes by Goway, Pacificislands.com, Pleasant Holidays, Tahiti Legends, Tahiti Nui Travel, Travel Impressions, Travel2 & Islands in the Sun and Worldwide Traveler.

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