CRUISE SHIP TOURISM ON THE RISE IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

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PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (September 10, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---Over 30,000 cruise ship passengers have visited French Polynesia during the first half of this year, resulting in a significant boost to the French territory's visitor arrival statistics, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

The newspaper, which quotes the territory's latest official statistics, points out that most of this passenger traffic originates from Pape‘ete-based cruise liners.

In recent years, in spite of the departure of two major cruise liners, Windsong and Club Med 2 (with respective capacities of 140 and 420), two other ships (Haumana and Paul Gauguin 48 and 320 passengers), chose the French territory as their permanent base in 1998.

In September and December 1999, they were joined by two sister ships, Renaissance 2 and 3, which multiplied by four French Polynesia's overall cruise ship passenger capacity to a total of 1,810.

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