Monthly Archives: May 2015

HEIVA I TAHITI LISTED AS A TOP WORLD FESTIVAL

LOS ANGELES – May 18, 2015 – Heiva I Tahiti, the annual festival of song and dance in the Islands of Tahiti, is highlighted in Fest300’s first annual list of the “World’s 300 Best Festivals” for 2015.

 

Heiva I Tahiti, known as “The Celebration of Life” comes from the Tahitian word Heiva (“hei” meaning to assemble, and “va” meaning community places) and is known for its soul-stirring music, dancing, singing and sporting events that highlight the beauty and culture of the Polynesian people of the Islands of Tahiti.

 

More than just a simple festival, Heiva I Tahiti has become the symbol of the Polynesian culture and an iconic event for a people proud of their heritage. To find out more about the history of Heiva I Tahiti http://www.tahiti-tourisme.com/discover/heiva-tahiti.asp This year’s Heiva I Tahiti festival runs from July 2-18, 2015.

 

 

For the Fest300’s background of the festival, images and additional information, visit the Fest300 Heiva I Tahiti on Fest300.com Fest300 is the ultimate online guide to the world’s top festivals. It was founded in 2013 by entrepreneurs Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels and Head of Global Hospitality at Airbnb, and Art Gimbel. Fest 300 was recently featured in Fast Company and Forbes.

 

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About the Islands of Tahiti:

Located in the South Pacific, the Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from Los Angeles. Surrounded by pristine, crystal clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture, and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for their white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Each island offers a variety of accommodation experiences from luxurious resorts with overwater villas, to family pensions to sailing via private character or scheduled cruise. Privacy comes naturally in the Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect. Tahiti is halfway between California and Australia, on the same side of the international date line as North America and in the same time zone as Hawaii. For further information, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com or call (310) 414-8484.

INTERCONTINENTAL RESORTS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA ANNOUNCES TOP MANAGEMENT APPOINTMENTS

Jean Marc Mocellin |Thierry Brovelli |Charles de Resseguier |Jean Hélière |Guillaume Epinette|Stephane Massarini|Laurence Levy

 

TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA – May 5, 2015 – InterContinental Resorts of French Polynesia’s regional vice president of operations, Philippe Brovelli, is pleased to announce top management appointments at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, and the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa

Jean Marc Mocellin, general manager and 23-year veteran at the helm of the “Parkroyal, Beachcomber InterContinental,” is relocating mid-June to an InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) resort in Thailand. Thierry Brovelli, general manager of the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa for the last 11 of 19 years with IHG, will succeed Mocellin as InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa’s general manager. Charles de Resseguier, most recently from Accor in Vietnam and Belmond in the Caribbean, has been named deputy general manager.

InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

Jean Hélière, deputy general manager of the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa for the past three years, has been promoted to general manager of the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa.

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Guillaume Epinette, who has spent 13 years with IHG including the last five years as general manager of InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, is moving to Asia for an IHG project opening in 2016. Stephane Massarini, formerly of the InterContinental properties in Ishigaki and Okinawa, Japan, has been appointed the new general manager of the resort.

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort

Laurence Levy continues to serve as general manager of the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, celebrating seven years in the role and 15 years with IHG.

“I am extremely proud of our general managers who have successfully led our award-winning resorts in French Polynesia,” remarked Philippe Brovelli, regional vice president of operations for InterContinental Resorts of French Polynesia. “I look forward to working with our newly appointed general managers who bring extensive knowledge and expertise to their roles.”

For information and rates for InterContinental Resorts of French Polynesia, call 1-888 IC HOTELS (1-888-424-6835) or visit www.tahiti.intercontinental.com.

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About Pacific Beachcomber

With more than 25 years experience in the French Polynesian tourism market, 678 hotel rooms and 210 cabins, Pacific Beachcomber, S.C. is the country’s largest luxury hotel and cruise operator.  Pacific Beachcomber operates The Brando along with seven other award-winning resorts: InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa, the Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora, the Maitai Rangiroa, and the Maitai Lapita Huahine (www.tahiti.intercontinental.com and www.hotelmaitai.com). Pacific Beachcomber also operates the luxury small-ship cruise line, Paul Gauguin Cruises, which includes the 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin, and the 88-guest m/v Tere Moana.

 

Media Contact: Vanessa Bloy|InterContinental Resorts French Polynesia|425-440-6255|vbloy@pgcruises.com

THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI NAMED “WORLD’S MOST ROMANTIC DESTINATION” BY BRIDES

LOS ANGELES – May 5, 2015 – The 118 islands and atolls that make up the Islands of Tahiti were named the “World’s Most Romantic Destination” in the 2015 Brides Best Honeymoons, which appears in Brides’ June/July issue.

This is the second year in a row, the Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, has taken the #1 spot in this annual listing.

“The Islands of Tahiti offer the perfect combination of exclusivity and privacy for honeymoons. Luxurious overwater bungalows, perched over stunning lagoons, with romance, relaxation and a true Polynesian experience, make the Islands of Tahiti unique to anywhere in the world, ” says Jonathan Reap, Managing Director, Tahiti Tourism North America. “On behalf of Tahiti Tourisme North America and all of our partners, we are honored to be recognized by Brides as the world’s most romantic destination.”

The 2015 Brides Best Honeymoons “World’s Most Romantic Destinations” were determined by a Brides –TripAdvisor survey of 400 travelers. Published by Condé Nast, Brides is the country’s leading bridal brand and most trusted resource for brides.

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About the Islands of Tahiti:

Located in the South Pacific, the Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from Los Angeles. Surrounded by pristine, crystal clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture, and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for their white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Each island offers a variety of accommodation experiences from luxurious resorts with overwater villas, to family pensions to sailing via private character or scheduled cruise. Privacy comes naturally in the Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect. Tahiti is halfway between California and Australia, on the same side of the international date line as North America and in the same time zone as Hawaii. For further information, visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com or call (310) 414-8484.