OUTRIGGER DROPS HOTEL MANAGEMENT AT TWO FRENCH POLYNESIA PROPERTIES

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HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (April 12, 2000 – Hawai‘i Public Radio)---Outrigger enterprises will terminate its five-year hotel management and marketing contracts later this month at two hotels in French Polynesia.

Outrigger cited disagreements with the owners of the 200-room Outrigger Hotel Tahiti in Papeete and Outrigger Moorea Lagoon Resort in the Society Islands.

Contributing to the termination were problems with protesting residents.

David Carey of Outrigger said there’s "some serious public relations problems with Moorea" and that the company "is very concerned about Outrigger’s reputation."

He said the problem in Moorea stems from the owner’s plan to pump sand from a nearby beach to the hotel property.

Outrigger also disagreed with owner Louis Wane, who wants to put more time and money into the hotels than Outrigger does. Carey said Outrigger wants to proceed at a slower pace.

Outrigger had entered French Polynesia as part of an operations expansion into the Pacific, including Australia, Fiji and Micronesia.

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