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July 23, 2020 Visit STH Pacific & Oceania No Comments Email Email

Just days after reopening its borders to international tourists, Tahiti Tourisme revealed its new Tourist Office, or Fare Manihini, in an official ceremony last Friday (17 July).

Officiated by French Polynesian President Edouard Fritch, Mayor of Papeete, Michael Buillard, and Tahiti Tourisme CEO Jean-Marc Mocellin, the opening event was also attended by French Polynesian Vice President Teva Rohfritsch, and the Minister of Tourism and Labor, Nicole Bouteau. Guests were treated to the sounds of a local orchestra as well as a cocktail reception in the space, and branded Tahiti Tourisme PPE was put to good use to ensure that not only the event remained safe for those in attendance, but also that the Tahiti Tourisme brand was well displayed.

The new tourism office seamlessly blends modern amenities with traditional aspects of the islands’ culture, including a reception counter made from wood and mother of pearl, and the location of the premises in the heart of downtown and along the seafront, provides a fitting welcome for travellers to the Islands of Tahiti.  A relaxation room and boutique space showcasing local wares, jewellery, and souvenirs also ensures that the office has an undoubtedly holiday feeling for all who enter!

Tahiti Tourisme CEO Jean-Marc Mocellin said of the new Tourism Office, “It is an ideal setting for the teams of the Local Operations Department, who will carry out the reception, orientation, and information for visitors, including promotion of the destination.” In his address to the guests, Jean-Marc also praised the work of the locally based team during the ongoing travel chaos caused by the global pandemic, many of whom have been working 7 days per week to assist travellers.

“The Department of Local Operations did not hesitate during the crisis to actively participate in the work of repatriating tourists, and they have been there at 4.30am to welcome the first tourists since July 15 – all this with a smile and the legendary welcome of Tahiti and her Islands.”

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