FRENCH POLYNESIA HAD OVER 22 PERCENT FEWER TOURISTS IN SEPTEMBER

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PAPE'ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (November 5, 2001 - Oceania Flash/SPC)---Visitor arrivals dropped 22.65 percent during the month of September, the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports

The drop, seen as a direct result of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, means a loss of over 5,000 visitors (17,867 this September) compared to last year (23,100).

The terrorist attacks also resulted in the bankruptcy of the Florida-based Renaissance Cruises company, which had operated two luxury liners in French Polynesia.

Each ship had the capacity to carry 684 up-market passengers.

In a further blow to the French Polynesia tourist industry, Club Med announced last week that it was temporarily closing its resort on Moorea Island.

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