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2003 September/October Tiare News

Tour Operator Spotlight


Public Relations

Product Updates

Tahiti Tiare Program

Special Feature

Special Time Offers....Book Now, Travel Later!!!

Save Up To $1600 Per Couple

Bora Bora - 5 Nights

Tahiti & Moorea - 5 Nights

All Packages Include: R/T Airfare from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui, 5 Nights Beachfront Resort, Inter-Island Transportation, Lei Greetings & Transfers

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Or visit
 www.Tahiti-Tourisme. com or www.FlyATN.com

Limited Time Offers  Must Book Now


Prices are per person, double occupancy for travel between November 1st, 2003 and March 31, 2004. Must be booked by October 8, 2003. Prices subject to change, availability, holiday,/seasonal supplements, blackout dates and any restrictions apply. Prices do not include international departure and immigration taxes, Passenger facility charges and September 11th Security Fee.

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Tour Operator Spotlight:

Tahiti Vacations was established to provide quality tour products for the North American traveler, at prices competitive with other comparable resort destinations.
Tahiti Vacations wrote the book on Tahiti. Our beautiful tour brochure makes it easy for you to explain and sell our value-priced products to these alluring islands.

For nearly 15 years, Tahiti Vacations has provided innovative tour offerings to tens of thousands of satisfied vacationers, through you, the travel professional. In 1990 we began hosting free breakfast seminars throughout the U.S.A. At these seminars, our sales people provide updates on the islands, and current information concerning the hotels and airlines serving Tahiti. Since you are on the front line with the consumer, we want to be sure you have all the answers and necessary tools to make the sale.

Whether your clients choose a package from one of our brochures or flyers, or would prefer a customized vacation, Tahiti Vacations is there to help. We offer a wide variety of programs, with itineraries ranging from one week upward, and accommodations ranging from standard, to moderate, to deluxe.

For a taste of real Polynesia life, Tahiti Vacations is committed to offering the best product possible.  Our commission base is 10%, and we pay up to 14% according to sales volume.

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Tahiti Vacations Brochure

Contact our travel consultants at 800-553-3477  and look for specials on our website at www.tahitivacations.net

Moorea Pearl Beach Resort 

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FALL Workshops
Are you looking for updates about the destination? 
It's time for the FALL Workshops!!! 
We are proud to introduce our first Canadian* Workshop Series.

Workshops are held from 8 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
** Except Toronto, which will be held from 1 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Canadian Workshops

Flag of Canada | Drapeau du Canada
October 20 - OTTAWA
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8S7
October 21 - TORONTO**
Four Seasons Hotel
21 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2G1
October 22 -EDMONTON
The Westin Edmonton
10135 - 100th Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0N7
October 23 -CALGARY
Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire
255 Barclay Paradise SW
Calgary, AB, T2P 5C2
October 24 -VANCOUVER
Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
1088 Burrand Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9

US Workshops 

November 4 - Tampa
Hilton Westshore Tampa Airport
2225 North Lois Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607

November 4 - Los Angeles
The Westin Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA 90067
November 5 - New York/Manhattan
The New York Helmsley Hotel
212 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10014 
November 5 - San Diego/Mission Valley
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
901 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108
November 6 - Sacramento
Radisson Hotel Sacramento
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento, CA 95815
November 6 - Washington D.C/ Arlington
Hilton Arlington & Towers
950 N. Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22203
November 11- Detroit/Troy
Hilton Northfield
5500Crooks Road @  I-75
Troy, MI 48098
November 11 - Denver/Tech Center
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech
7800 E. Tufts Avenue
Denver, CO 80231
November 12 - Chicago/Oakbrook
Wyndham Drake Oak Brook
2301 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
November 12 - Albuquerque
Albuquerque Doubletree
201 Marquette Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
November 13 - Minneapolis
Hilton Minneapolis /St. Paul Airport
3800 East 80th Street
Bloomington, MN 55425
November 13 - Phoenix
Phoenix Airport Marriott
1101 North 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
*Tahiti Tourisme Workshops for Retail Travel Agents is an "ACCESS APPROVED" seminar, which qualifies for 3 CREDITS in the Travel Counsellor Advanced Level Certification Program. If you are not yet registered in the certification program, registration forms are available from CITC, or you can register online at their Web site at www.CITC.ca

Please invite other agents to satisfy the first step of the Tahiti Tiare Program!

Travel Agents can register at:  www.Tahiti-Tourisme.com/workshop/

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Public Relations

August 2003

National Geographic Adventure
Journey to Water World
Jon Bowermaster, a contributing writer to National Geographic Adventure Magazine writes about his kayaking adventure through the Tuamotu Atolls. In a stunning 12 page article, with images by photographer Peter McBride, Bowermaster's team ventures through a half-dozen of the atolls, including: Rangiroa, Fakarava, Tikehau, Toau and Faaite. 

Click here to see a summary of the Story on National Geographic Adventure's Web site!

National Geographic Adventure has a readership of over 1.2 million

August 2003

Architectural Digest
Exotic Homes Around the World
In the special hotel section of the recent issue of Architectural Digest, the Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, part of Starwood's Luxury Collection, is one of five hotels chosen throughout the world to be highlighted for its unique architecture and design. Leading this special Travel Section, the Bora Bora Nui is featured in over 6 pages with several gorgeous images of the newly opened property. The article notes many of Bora Bora Nui's amenities, including its 10,000 square-foot infinity pool, the largest throughout Tahiti & Her Islands. 
Architectural Digest has a readership of over 2.4 million
Aug / Sept 2003

Modern Bride
Destination South Pacific

Rich Rubin opens an article titled 'Destination South Pacific', referring to Tahiti & Her Islands as a Trés Tropical Paradise. The article covers Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, New Caledonia and Samoa. Rich touches upon the culture, food, excursions, as well as spa experiences offered, such as the Here Nui couples massage at the Hélène Spa located at the InterContinental Beachcomber Resort Moorea
The Intercontinental Beachcomber Resort Tahiti, Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, Le Maitai Dream Fakarava and Pearl Resorts were all included in the article with contact information.  
Modern Bride has a readership of over 4.5 million

September 2003

Travel + Leisure

The A-List
Travel + Leisure featured their A-List of 125 Travel Agents in the recent September issue. In a survey poll of the A-List Travel Agents, French Polynesia placed #1 for "Best Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways." Hawaii placing second. In addition, the Taha'a Pearl Beach Resort & Spa (which has recently changed their name to "Le Taha'a Private Island & Spa"), was pictured with the survey results.
Travel + Leisure has a readership of 4,323,506
Sept/Oct 2003 Bridal Guide's Honeymoon Supplement
South Pacific - It's a Wrap
The South Pacific section of Bridal Guide's Honeymoon Supplement in their September/October issue opens with a feature on Le Taha'a Private Island & Spa. Noting that the resort's Manea Spa is "one of the newest and most talked about spas in Tahiti." The article also covers the island of Taha'a with several ideas for exploration including visiting the local vanilla plantations and pearl farms.

Article written by Shari Mycek

Bridal Guide has a readership of 1,116,665
Fall/Winter 2003

Weddings & Honeymoons

20 Top H2O Honeymoons
French Polynesia was chosen as one of the twenty top honeymoon water destinations by author Joe Yogerst. Focused on the Tuamotu atolls, and featuring the Hotel Kia Ora in Rangiroa, the description of the Tuamotu atolls states that honeymooners can "dive or snorkel with black-tip sharks or giant manta rays (and) sleep the starry nights away in an over water bungalow..."
Weddings & Honeymoons has a readership of 150,000
Summer/Fall 2003 Fine

Bora Bora is Eden Eden
In a 7-page spread, author Elizabeth Norwood compares the Hotel Bora Bora to the Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, claiming that the "new kid and the grand dame have very different definitions of paradise.". In addition to a dozen gorgeous images, the article highlights Air Tahiti Nui's Poerava Business Class noting that "you'll arrive surprisingly refreshed."

Fine has a readership of 250,000
September 2003

Scuba Diving

DIVE Log - Tahiti and Her Islands
In a 6-page article author and photographer Michael Aw captures Tahiti and Her Islands for divers from above and below. The article highlights various activities including music, dance and the simplicity of life in French Polynesia in addition to the world-class diving. The article also covers valuable information for readers including travel tips and an accurate description of the five archipelagos.

Scuba Diving has a readership of 650,456
September 2003 Surf 

In addition to the cover shot of the famed Teahupo'o wave, Tahiti and Her Islands is featured in a dozen images in the recent issue of Surf. A 20-page article by Justin Cote covers the recent Billabong 
Surf Contest and beautifully highlights not only the waves of Tahiti-iti, but the land as well. Famed surfer Kelly Slater is quoted in the article, "We all look forward to and are terrified of Teahupo'o every year. I really want to thank the Tahitian people for all that they do for this contest".

Surf has a readership of 250,000
September 2003


Another cover shot of Teahupo'o is featured in the September issue of Surfing magazine. Complete with dozens of images of Tahiti and Her Islands, Nick Carroll writes a side-bar titled "The Value of Straight Line" offering key points to surfers by illustrating Cory Lopez' s "straight line" on a decent sized wave at Teahupo'o.
Surfing has a readership of 244,283

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Product Updates

Air Tahiti Nui
Bora Bora Cruises
Bora Bora Lagoon Resort
InterContinental Beachcomber Resorts
Pearl Resorts
Kia Ora
Calendar Of Events

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***New Name for Business Class***

Effective July 1, 2003, Club Poerava/Business Class is now "Poerava Business".

***Fleet Renewal***
 With 4 brand new Airbus 340-300 aircraft, Air Tahiti Nui flies from Los Angeles to Tahiti up to 14 nonstop flights per week (11 per week for Fall/Winter).

***Special Flights to Honololu, HI***
ATN will be operating 3 Special Roundtrip Flights from Papeete, Tahiti to Honolulu, Hawaii in October 2003. These flights have been announced due to the "Hawaiiki Nui Va'a", the annual international outrigger canoe race on the islands of Huahine, Raiatea, Taha'a and Bora Bora. Flights and Fares are available in the CRS system.

TN201 07 Oct PPTHNL 1600  2140
TN202 07Oct HNLPPT 2340   0535 +1

TN201 12 Oct PPTHNL 1600  2140
TN202 12 Oct HNLPPT 2340  0535+1

TN201 20Oct PPTHNL 2355  0535 +1
TN202 21 Oct HNLPPT 0735 1330

For more information, please contact Air Tahiti Nui at 877-824-4846

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The popular three star catamaran "Haumana" will cease operation at the end of October 2003. The company chairman Mehiti Degage states that "Whilst the Haumana will be missed from the Bora Bora Cruises fleet, the recent commencement of services by the new super yachts the Tu Moana and the Ti'a Moana is the beginning of a new era for our company, with a strong focus on exclusive experiences catering to the high-end market. Unfortunately, the Haumana can no longer serve this vision".

The Haumana 's last (4 night) cruise departs Bora Bora on Tuesday, October 28th. Guests booked on the Haumana after October 2003 will be offered generous opportunities to sail with the Tu Moana.

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Orient-Express Hotels is pleased to announce the final phase of their renovation plan for the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort:

- A beautiful Beachfront Spa (Scheduled to open first quarter, 2004)
- A new conference center with a capacity of up to 100 guests theatre style with all the modern technologies.
- The swimming pool will be doubled in size.
- All bathrooms will undergo renovations, to include new marble, magnificent stones and authentic antique faucets.
- Construction of a new Villa with two bedrooms, large living-room, expanded balconies and private pool.
- Addition of three Beach Bungalows with their own outdoor private pool.

For more information, please contact:
Bora Bora Lagoon Resort:
Melanie Perry
Director of Sales & Marketing
Phone: 818-379-2252

The Resort will be closed from December 1, 2003 to February 29, 2004

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InterContinental Beachcomber Resorts has announced the release of their new double CD album, Moana Lounge Polynesian Vibes, which presents some south pacific lounge music. The CD is currently available in each of their resorts for 4500 xpf. You can also find the CD at Virgin Music and online at Amazon.com

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Effective July 1st, 2003
Formerly known as the Raiatea Pearl Resort, the hotel is now called: Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel. This charming 3-star hotel has recently undergone renovations and is now pleased to offer clients meal plans.

Effective January 1st, 2004
The Taha'a Pearl Beach Resort & Spa  is pleased to announce their new name: 
Le Taha'a, Private Island & Spa. The Resort will undergo the following changes:
- The Moana Over-water Suites will be renamed as the Sunset Over-water Suites.
- The Beach Suites will be called Beach Villas
- Regular Helicopter transfers between Bora Bora and Taha'a will be available.

For more information, please contact Pearl Resorts: 

Kahi Arnaud
Sales Manager

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Kia Ora

The Kia Ora Hotel is proud to announce its new swimming pool which was officially "baptized" by the famous Hollywood Director Tony Scott and his family. He is internationally known for such films as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Enemy of the State and many other movies.

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Golf Course located in Atimaono, 45 minutes from Papeete

The golf course offers a pool, Pro Shop, boutique, bar and restaurant service till 04:00 pm. The course is 6900 yards long, par 72, mostly flat with a few small hills. Course rules requires that each player have his own set of clubs. Balls, tees and other expendables may also be available for purchase at the Pro Shop. 2003 Travel Agent Rates and 2004 rates are also available. For more information, please contact Skip Anderson at: skiptahiti@yahoo.com or Tahiti Tourisme at: info@tahiti-tourisme.com

*The golfer’s Lunch Menu @1800 xpf includes one choice in each category: salad, Main Course and Beverage (Glass of wine, soft drink or Hinano Beer)  

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Calendar of Events

October 15th-17th: Welcome back to the 'Hawaiki Nui Va'a'! With approximately 82 to 84 teams, including Hawaii and New Zealand, the international canoe race will depart on October 15th from Fare, Huahine to Uturoa, Raiatea. The following day, the race will leave Raiatea for Taha'a. On October 17th, a 58-kilometer distance race departing at 7:00 a.m. will have competitors striving to reach Matira Point in Bora Bora by 12:30 with the last canoe expected to arrive around 01:30.

Photo-Tatiana Solman

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Tahiti Tiare Program

Manuia! (Congratulations) to Kleon Howe & Robin Turner!
Kleon Howe from the Art of Travel, one of our Certified Tiare Agent has been nominated "one of Conde Nast Traveler considered best travel agents" under the destination specialty of Tahiti & Her Islands.
Also, Manuia to Robin Turner from American Express Travel, Tahiti Specialist,  who has been nominated in Travel + Leisure featured their A-List of 125 Travel Agents in the recent September issue. 

We would like to thank our Tiare Agents for your support and efforts in promoting the Islands Beyond the Ordinary®!

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Special Feature!

Tahiti closest to Mars

Towards the end of August, on the evening of August 27th, we had witnessed the closest approach of Mars to Earth in almost 60,000 years! The Los Angeles Times noted in their Sunday edition that 'Tahiti was roughly the closest spot to Mars during the event', quote taken from Bruce Betts, an LA based scientist with the Planetary Society. At 2:51 a.m. Pacific time  on August 27 (that's 11:51 p.m. August 26th for Tahiti!), Earth and Mars had swung right by each other with the Earth near its farthest point from the sun and Mars at its closest. If this event happens in the future, it will be featured in 2287.
Whale-watching season opens off
The Humpback whale watching season has opened in Tahiti & Her Islands as these large animals prepare to leave their winter tropical breeding grounds and migrate polar oceanic waters.  Some whale specialists estimate that between 300 and 1,000 such whales can visit the Polynesian waters, where they spend the winter, mainly for mating.  Michael Poole of the Center of Islands Research and Environmental Observatory on Tahiti's sister island of Moorea has reported that "this is a normal season". These whales are observed in Tahiti & Her Islands between June and December, but the best time is between August and October.

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Increase of American Visitors
Tahiti and Her Islands welcomed 96,992 visitors during the first half of 2003, an 11.5% increase over the same period a year ago, giving Tahiti a net six-month increase of 10,005 visitors. There has been a 28% increase in the volume of North American visitors to Tahiti during the first half of 2003. Trying to capitalize on the positive travel attitude of North Americans today, Tahiti Tourisme North America's campaign messages will be simple. The accent will be on the romance and serenity of Tahiti & Her Islands, the key values that attract North American visitors today. Visitors particularly appreciate the “Hidden Paradises”, such as the Tuamotu atolls of Fakarava and Rangiroa and the Leeward Islands of Huahine and Taha’a.

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