Monthly Archives: August 2013

June 2013 Visitor Arrivals

North Americans accounted for 36.6% of all Tahiti visitors for June 2013. Year to date, North America is up 2.8 %.

Total North American arrivals for the month of June 2013 alone were 5,540, a 4.8 % increase or + 252 visitors more than June 2012.

Land arrivals excluding VFR (visiting friends and relatives) for the same month were 4,135 passengers total, a + 11.7 % increase or + 433 passengers over June 2012.

The cruise passenger arrivals were 1080, a – 13.5% decrease or – 168 visitors less than June 2012.

Total North American “paid room nights” for June 2013 increased to 38,921, a + 8.3% increase or + 2,979 “paid room nights” over June 2012.

Below is a chart highlighting the increase in number of “paid room nights” from January through June since 2007!

For the first six months of the year, the United States delivered 27,143 visitors, while Canada delivered 4,042 visitors, and Mexico delivered 437 visitors, for a total of 31,662 visitors and accounted for 41.1 % of the tourist arrivals in French Polynesia.

2013 Tahiti Travel Exchange

The Tahiti Travel Exchange (TTE) will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti.

Tahiti Tourisme North America (TTNA) is very excited to be bringing the TTE to the island of Tahiti for the 9th year! The TTE is a program developed by TTNA for Retail Travel Agents to build a strong foundation of knowledge on the Islands of Tahiti and our Suppliers’ products through education and experience and to strengthen their relationships with their preferred Tour Operator Partners. The program is comprised of a rigorous, one-day destination training and small group training presentations given by our Suppliers.

Air Tahiti Nui has generously offered a favorable rate to our participating Tour Operator Partners with the agreement that their attendance to the TTE is mandatory in their itineraries. The participating Tour Operator Partners handle all aspects of their fam trip including Travel Agent selection, islands visited, products experienced, and participation fee charged to the Travel Agents.

Since the primary goal of the TTE is to educate Travel Agents, we require that they register for the Tahiti Tiare Program prior to their departure. Participation in the TTE “fast tracks” the completion of the program’s requirements by completing two of the three requirements in becoming a Certified Tahiti Specialist. Also, since we are strengthening the relationships with our Tour Operator Partners, all training presentations and collateral must utilize a Tour Operator as the call to action.

Currently, we have 12 participating Tour Operator Partners, featuring Boomerang Tours, Classic Vacations, GOGO Worldwide Vacations Canada, Islands Escapes by Goway Travel, Islands in the Sun, Pacific Holidays,, Pleasant Holidays, Tahiti Legends, Tahiti Nui Travel, Travel2, and Voyage Cassis. Their arrivals to Tahiti will begin on Wednesday, December 4. We expect approximately 130 Travel Agents and Tour Operator escorts from the U.S. and Canada.

As a local Supplier, you are invited to participate in the TTE where you will have the opportunity to present and train all attending Travel Agents and Tour Operator escorts in a small group format. In addition, you will have a company profile in the TTE training manual, the opportunity to provide your collateral materials, and access to the database of all attendees. We will also provide a list of the Tour Operator contacts so favorable rates and invitations can be offered to possibly include your product(s) in their pre and post-TTE fam trip itineraries.

Preliminary Agenda
10:00 am – 10:30 am   Supplier check-in
10:30 am – 11:00 am   Supplier Welcome
11:00 am – 12:30 pm    Supplier Training Rotations
12:30 pm –   2:00 pm    Lunch
2:00 pm –   6:30 pm    Supplier Training Rotations
6:30 pm –   7:30 pm    Cocktails
7:30 pm –   9:00 pm    Closing Dinner

If you would like to participate, please download the participation information form by clicking here and review. If you are able to meet all the requirements, please complete the participation form and return to Mari Masuda by scan email at or by fax (310) 414-8490. Participation is limited to 30 Suppliers on a first come, first serve basis.

For any additional information, please contact Mari Masuda, Director of Promotions & Incentives, by email at or by phone at (310) 414-8484 x231.