Partner Update

August 2003

Industry News




Media Exposure

Product Updates

Special Feature

Web Statistics


Bora Bora Cruises' Tu Moana begins its 7-day boutique lagoon cruising schedule departing from Bora Bora. Click the image for more information.


Industry News

Hawaii Reports Travel Is Up

In a recent issue of TravelAge West, the state Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism reported that in April 2003, the number of visitors arriving on domestic flights rose 12.2 % compared to the same month in 2002. Overall, during the first four months of 2003, domestic arrivals were up 3.4 % compared to the same period last year.

Limited Entry Into The US

Beginning August 1, 2003, many applicants seeking a visa to the U.S. must have a face-to-face interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. Most travelers from Canada and Europe will not be affected, but many potential tourists from Latin America, China, Taiwan, the Middle East and Africa will need to be seen in person. This change has been prompted in part by national security concerns, said Kelly Shannon, a spokeswoman with the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

 Source: Wall Street Journal

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The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, August 5th that the growth in corporate profits is picking up momentum. In the second quarter 2003, among the companies that are tracked by Dow Jones, the average net income has risen 63%. Presently, the net income levels are approaching historic highs, just short of what was recorded when the economy was booming during the second quarter of 2000. The Journal notes that if the profit improvement is sustained throughout the coming months, we would be seeing a much stronger economic recovery, one that many economists are now predicting.

Graph from the Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, August 5, 2003

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Recently Attended Tradeshows
2003 - July 10-11, Hollywood, Florida

Paul Sloan, Director of Marketing & Promotions for TTNA, attended the recent tradeshow event as well as a PATA event and a Travel Agent Seminar in Naples, FL arranged by Newman's South Pacific Vacations. The combined attendance of Travel Agents  from the three events was close to 1000 agents! Tahiti Tourisme did a total of six presentations, four of which were for agents.

Upcoming Tradeshows





September 16-18

Chicago, IL


October 8-11

Miami, Florida

Honeymoon & Romantic Getwaways

November 3-4

Long Beach, CA

Luxury Travel Expo

December 2-3

Las Vegas, NV

For more information on Tradeshows, please contact Mari Masuda at:

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FALL Workshops

It's time for the FALL Workshops!!! 
TTNA is 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

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 - West LA/Beverly Hills
Sofitel Los Angeles
8555 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
November 5 - New York/Manhattan
The New York Helmsley Hotel
212 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10014 
Phone: 212-490-8900
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
Phone: 916-922-2020
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
Travel Agents can register at:

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Media Exposure 

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 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
July / August 2003 Brentwood Magazine
Discover the Secrets of the South Pacific
Jenny Peters, who recently visited Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora on a press trip with Starwood Hotels & Resorts of French Polynesia, has a six page spread in the recent issue of Southern California's affluent entertainment magazine. The article highlights the Mandara Spa and the treatments they offer at their three properties. In addition, the article covers many of the activities offered throughout the islands, focusing on those for the 'well off'. This magazine is distributed throughout Southern California, please click on the cover image to the left for the full article.
Brentwood Magazine has a targeted, regional readership of over 125,000

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Product Updates

Air Tahiti Nui
Bora Bora Cruises
Bora Bora Lagoon Resort
InterContinental Beachcomber Resorts
Pearl Resorts

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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 Tu Moana and Tia Moana have launched their 7-day, 6-night itineraries which cruise through the lagoons of Bora Bora, Taha'a, Raiatea and Huahine. There are just four ocean crossings, each no more than 2 and a half hours in duration. They depart in the early hours of the morning to offer maximum comfort and for an arrival in time for sunrise. The remainder of their boutique lagoon cruise is spent gliding across calm lagoons.

For more information, please contact Bora Bora Cruises:

Phone: (689) 544 505
Fax:      (689) 451 065

Text provided by Bora Bora Cruises

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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

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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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Special Feature

Towards the end of this month, on the evening of August 27th, we will be able to witness the closest approach of Mars to Earth in almost 60,000 years! The Los Angeles Times noted in their Sunday edition that 'Tahiti will be 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 those of you in Tahiti!), Earth and Mars will swing right by each other with the Earth near its farthest point from the sun and Mars at its closest.

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TTNA Web Statistics

Billabong Surf Tournament, Teahupoo Tahiti

July Web Stats

Successful Hits:3.3 million
Total Impressions: 1 million
User Sessions: 109,422
Unique Users: 47,797
Average Session Length: 8:21

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Partners - Please click on the following link for the latest 
edition of our Tiare News, July/August  2003:

Tiare News July/August 2003
(pdf download)

 As a reminder, you also have access to previous issues of our Tiare News and Partner Updates which are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF downloads in the Partner section of our site:

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