Tourisme North America - Marquesas Events, New York!
July 21, 2005
Agent Attendance Exceeds
Expectations in Record New York Heat!
200 travel consultants from the tri state
area as well as some from as far away
as Washington DC and Texas, enjoyed an
authentic Marquesan performance at the
Hudson Theater in NYC on July 19!
the morning of Tuesday, July 19, Tahiti
Tourisme North America, Maison de la France,
and Air Tahiti Nui sponsored a morning
seminar for Travel Agents at the Hudson
Theatre in Manhattan, New York. Travel
Agents began arriving at 7:45 AM for the
event, which began at 8:30 AM. The event
was held to celebrate the co-sponsorship
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit:
"Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas,"
and to take the opportunity to have a
seminar for Travel Agents focused on the
that were able to attend had the opportunity
to distribute information on their products
and had time before and after the presentations
and performance to discuss Tahiti and
the Marquesas with the Travel Agents.
Participating Partners included Air Tahiti
Nui, Aranui / CPTM, Brendan Worldwide
Vacations, GoGo Worldwide Vacations, Jetabout
Island Vacations, Maison de la France,
Pearl Resorts and Swain Tours. Presentations
were given by Air Tahiti Nui, Aranui /
CPTM, Tahiti Tourisme, and Pascal Hatuuku.
the presentations, a performance by dance
troop Tu Pua O Feani shook the theatre.
The dance troop put on an amazing, authentic
performance, which the agents truly enjoyed.
the morning's presentations and performances,
many of the agents danced their way out
of the theatre, asking that we invite
them to any future events covering Tahiti
and Her Islands.
Partners were very happy with the total
number of agents that were able to attend
this event. Tahiti Tourisme North America
is grateful to all participating Partners
for their support and assistance in ensuring
a wonderful event.
Event at the French Consulate
the evening of Tuesday, July 19,
Tahiti Tourisme North America, Maison
de la France, and Air Tahiti Nui
held a media event at the French
Consul's Residence in Manhattan,
New York. Following a day of record
heat in Manhattan, over 100 media
and industry partners attended the
at 6:00 PM at the French Consul's
Residence on 5th Avenue, attendees
were welcomed with a tiare
flower by dancers from Tu Pua O
Feani. Speeches were given by the
Consul General of France, Mr. Francois
Delattre, Deputy Director of Maison
de la France, Mr. Frederic Meyer,
Managing Director of Tahiti Tourisme
North America, Mr. Al Keahi, and
Associate Curator of the Metropolitan
Museum of Art and Curator of the
exhibit, "Adorning the World:
Art of the Marquesas," Mr.
the speeches, the Marquesan delegation
in attendance, Pascal Hatuuku, Deborah
Kimitete, and Frida Peterano, presented
gifts that were created in the Marquesas
to the Consul General of France
and the Deputy Director of Maison
de la France.
included industry partners such
as Valerie Ann Wilson - President
& Chairman of Valerie Wilson
Travel, Inc., a Virtuoso Agency
and Judi Stern of the 41-74 Club.
Freelance journalists, photographers,
broadcast journalists, and staff
writers from media outlets including:
Elite Traveler, National Geographic
Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler,
Sports Illustrated, Condé
Nast Bridal Group, Bride's Magazine,
Town & Country Travel, and Victoria's
Secret Direct were also in attendance.
by Marquesan dance troop Te Pua
Meyer, Deputy Director MDLF, Valerie Ann
Wilson, Chairman & President -Valerie
Wilson Travel, Al Keahi, TTNA
Kimitete offering a nose flute to the
General Consul of France, Mr. Francois
Deputy Director of MDLF Frederic Meyer
Release: Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas
"Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas"
exhibit is currently running at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art through January, 2006.
exhibition features prized possessions like intimately
scaled bone ear ornaments with minute friezes
of human figures, delicate openwork headdresses
of turtle shell and mother-of-pearl, ornate stilt
steps used in ritual stilt-walking competitions,
and deeply patinated hardwood war clubs, as well
as functional items, such as bowls and stone pounders
used in food preparation, and a striking composite
feather headdress reassembled for the first time
in more than a century. As this range of objects
testifies, in the Marquesas virtually any object
could be, and frequently was, richly decorated
with anthropomorphic and geometric motifs.
human body was also an important venue of Marquesan
artistic expression. With their intricate tattoos,
superbly crafted ornaments of shell, ivory, feathers,
and other materials, and exquisitely detailed
personal accessories, the Marquesans themselves
often became living works of art. The exhibition
includes several early European portraits of Marquesans
showing their elaborate tattooing and other forms
of personal ornamentation, including an original
sketch made during Cook’s voyage, which
is probably the earliest surviving image of a
The exhibition is organized by Eric Kjellgren,
Associate Curator and Curator of the Art of the
Marquesas exhibit, the Evelyn A. J. Hall and John
A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art in
the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania,
and the Americas at The Metropolitan Museum of
Art. The exhibition design is by Daniel Kershaw,
Exhibition Designer, with graphic design by Emil
Micha, Senior Graphic Design Manager, and lighting
by Clint Ross Coller and Richard Lichte, Lighting
Designers, all of the Museum’s Design Department.
exhibition is made possible by Air
Tahiti Nui and Tahiti
Text provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art