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HONOLULU, Hawaii (September 2, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---A new 90-room lagoon-front resort will be built on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora, near the main town of Vaitape.

In announcing the project in Honolulu, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts chief operating officer, Perry Sorenson, said the new facility, which Outrigger will manage, is expected to open during the first quarter of 1999.

The hotel, being designed by the Hawaii architectural firm of Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo and to be known as the Outrigger Bora Bora Resort, will include both overwater and hillside bungalows. It will be connected by boat directly to Bora Bora's only airport, originally built during World War II, on Motu Mute.

It is Outrigger's second project in French Polynesia. The cornerstone for the Hotel Tahiti, being rebuilt outside the capital of Papeete and close to Faa'a International Airport, was put in place August 5. The reconstructed facility, with 163 rooms, also is expected to open during 1999's first quarter.

French Polynesia's tourist industry now is on the re-bound, following the conclusion of French nuclear testing in the Pacific. In the first five months of this year, according to Tahiti Tourisme, visitors increased 11 percent over last year, to 66,612. Japanese tourists rose a whopping 149% during the same period.

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