Monthly Archives: May 2014

Internet Connection Disruptions in French Polynesia

Ia ora na Partners,

It has been brought to our attention that MANA, the internet service provider in French Polynesia, will be conducting maintenance on the underwater fiber-optic cables, scheduled for this Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 2014. 

Internet access will be greatly limited throughout all of French Polynesia, and all sectors will be affected.

We encourage you to advise your clients that will be traveling in the Islands of Tahiti that they will likely not have internet access during this period. There is also a strong chance of a disruption to credit card processing machines. It is highly recommended that visitors during these dates be advised to carry cash.
Reservation departments at various hotels may not receive or reply to messages during this period as well. Please contact hotels via fax and/or phone when needed.

We apologize for the late notice as we just received this information yesterday.

Mauruuru roa!
Tahiti Tourisme North America

Tune in Tonight on E! – Giuliana & Bill in Tahiti!

We are pleased to announce that the Islands of Tahiti and Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa will be featured tonight on the hit show Giuliana & Bill that airs on the E! Network.

The Islands of Tahiti welcomed the cast and crew of the Giuliana & Bill in November 2013 over the Thanksgiving holiday.  A very big mauruuru roa to Air Tahiti Nui, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa and Tahiti Tourisme that worked together to make this project happen.

Giuliana & Bill airs tonight Tuesday, May 27, 8/7c on E! – Be sure to tune in!

WHAT: Giuliana & Bill Go to Tahiti!
WHEN: May 27, 8/7c on E!
WHERE: E! Network

Click here to see the beautiful teaser to the episode.

Sneak peek into the “Couples’ Therapy” discussion

Mauruuru roa!
Tahiti Tourisme North America

March 2014 Visitor Arrivals

We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Statistics of French Polynesia (ISPF) has released the statistics for March 2014. North Americans accounted for 49% of all Tahiti visitors for March 2014. Total North American arrivals for the month of March 2014 alone were 7,495, a +25% increase or 1,503 more visitors than March 2013. Land arrivals excluding VFR (visiting friends and relatives) for the same month were 3,808 passengers total, a 15% decrease or 676 less passengers as compared to March 2013. Total North American “paid room nights” for March 2014 decreased to 36,803, a -6% decrease or 2,148 “paid room nights” compared to March 2013. The total cruise arrivals were 3,446 passengers, a 167% increase or 2,153 passengers. Below is a chart highlighting the increase in number of “paid room nights” and “visitor arrivals” for the first quarter of the year from 2007 to 2014.

The United States delivered 15,198 visitors, while Canada delivered 3,717 visitors, and Mexico delivered 228 visitors, for a total of 19,143 visitors for the first three months of the year. The total “paid room nights” for the first quarter of 2014 increased 12% or an additional 9,504 “paid room nights”. Tahiti Tourisme North America would like to thank and congratulate all of our partners for these encouraging results. The 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.

The Islands of Tahiti Named #1 Honeymoon Destination in the 2014 BRIDES Best Honeymoons

We are proud to announce that the 118 islands and atolls that make up the Islands of Tahiti were just named the top pick in the 2014 BRIDES Best Honeymoons.

This year marks the first time the Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, has taken the number one spot in this yearly listing.

“On behalf of Tahiti Tourism and the Islands of Tahiti, we are honored to be recognized as the best honeymoon destination in the world,” stated Jonathan Reap, Managing Director, Tahiti Tourism North America. “The islands truly offer the ultimate in romance from the stunning backdrop of lush mountains and turquoise, lapis and aquamarine lagoons, iconic overwater bungalows, world-class resorts and quaint French-inspired restaurants, all add up for the ultimate private honeymoon. Also, we are closer than many think, just an 8-hour flight from Los Angeles.”

BRIDES conducted a survey in conjunction with Virtuoso, a network of thousands of luxury travel agents, to determine the most romantic honeymoon escapes in the world for 2014. Published by Condé Nast, BRIDES is the country’s leading bridal brand and most trusted resource for brides.


2014 Tahiti Business Forum – Save the Date!

Date & Time:
Wednesday, June 18, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Includes welcome cocktail reception and dinner
Conference check-in and badge pick-up starts at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 19, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Includes continental breakfast, lunch and closing cocktail reception

Manhattan Beach Marriott
1400 Parkview Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

You are cordially invited to attend the Tahiti Tourisme North America Business Forum on June 18 & 19 in Manhattan Beach, California. We have created a dynamic one and a half day schedule for our Tahiti Partners that are actively working to promote the Islands of Tahiti in North America.

The purpose of the Business Forum is to focus on mutual partnerships, discuss common challenges and solutions, and continue to build stronger relationships and camaraderie throughout the Tahiti focused industry. We will be revealing the new global branding that our head office, GIE Tahiti Tourisme has been working on with the local government, hoteliers, the Tahiti industry and the worldwide Tahiti Tourisme offices over the past year. See and learn about the new brand mark, graphics, and what it means to you as a Tahiti Partner.

In addition to the many opportunities to network and catch up with industry colleagues, we have set-up valuable sessions that include insights from top travel speakers from the luxury sector, travel trade presentations and panel discussions with top-level Certified Tahiti Specialists and a select group of editors and producers addressing media relations.

Topics and sessions:

Industry Challenges & Solutions
Be a part of the solution! Let’s discuss the challenges that we are all facing and how we can solve it together.

“Insights Into the Luxury Traveler”
Learn from Robb Report, a leading luxury lifestyle magazine in North America, about who the North American luxury traveler is, what they are looking for, and what they expect.

“Outbound Travel Trends and the Millennial Traveler”
Learn from a top travel industry insider on what’s trending now in North America with the millennial traveler.

Certified Tiare Specialist Panel
What are our clients saying? Hear from five top-level Certified Tiare Specialists.

Public Relations
What is it? How do you get it? How do we handle it? Participate in a panel discussion with professionals from all aspects of the industry including travel editors, directors, television producers and journalists.

Online Reputation Management
Learn how to manage your property’s online reputation from the largest online travel review site – Trip Advisor! For Hoteliers only.

Final agenda and registration will follow in mid-May. Only invited guests may register to attend. There is no registration fee.

We believe that this event will prove useful and valuable for our Partners and we are very much looking forward to seeing you there!


Your Team at Tahiti Tourisme North America

Self-parking $12.00 per day
Valet Parking $26.00 per day
In and out privileges will be extended to overnight guests.

Travel & room accommodations
The Manhattan Beach Marriott is located just 3 miles south of LAX.
Limited Room Block rate of $179.00 plus taxes will be made available to registered attendees.
Guest room Internet included in the guest room rate.

If you have any questions, please contact Mari Masuda by email at or by phone at (310) 414-8484 x231.

Mauruuru Roa to our Sponsors!