PACIFIC ISLANDS YACHTING GUIDE PREPARED

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SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT December 22, 1999

A Pacific Islands Yachting Guide has been prepared to encourage super yacht teams at the America's Cup regatta in New Zealand to visit the Pacific Islands.

The Auckland-based South Pacific Trade Commission worked with Pacific Islands national tourism offices on the guide. The guide provides basic information on yachting in the islands to the captains, owners and passengers of the super yachts visiting the America's Cup regatta.

"We hope that this guide will encourage visits to the Pacific Islands by the super yachts and their guests while they are in this part of the world," said Mr. Parmesh Chand, the South Pacific Trade Commissioner in Auckland.

He said that the guide was part of the Commission's program to maximize the economic benefits for the Pacific Islands arising from the America's Cup being held in the South Pacific. He said that boosting Pacific Islands tourism and lifestyle investment by the wealthy owners and clientele were among the desired spin-offs of the program.

The Commission's program has also included:

The guide has been put together in cooperation with Sail Connections, Ltd., specialists in Pacific Islands yacht charters. Sail Connections are based in the America's Cup Village and are currently helping with yacht visits to the Pacific Islands and taking bookings to charter yachts already in the islands.

In his introduction to the Pacific Island Yachting Guide Mr. Chand says, "On behalf of all of the Pacific Islands I encourage the captains and passengers of the super yachts visiting Auckland to extend their South Pacific adventure to include experiencing the beauty and diversity of the Pacific Islands. My office will render whatever assistance it can to facilitate such visits."

Mr. Chand said that the support of the Brussels-based Center for the Development of Industry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington had been vital to the success of the program.

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