PRESIDENT FLOSSE IN PARIS TO HELP FRENCH POLYNESIAN TOURISM

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (November 7, 2001 – Tahitipresse)---French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse met Wednesday with Club Med Chairman Philippe Bourguignon in Paris.

They discussed the future of Club Med resorts in French Polynesia, following the visitor industry nosedive since the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and the closedown of Renaissance cruise ship activities.

The Moorea Club Med is closed for an indefinite period and about 180 employees have been laid off.

Bourguignon said the Moorea resort is expected to open again in a few months -- after a complete renovation -- but he did not give any clear indication of a precise reopening date.

During his stay in Paris, Flosse also met with owners of the two Renaissance cruise ships stranded in Pape‘ete since Renaissance shut down operations in September.

The future of the company is soon to be decided in Miami, Florida. Meantime, the owners said they wanted to keep the ships ready to serve again.

Flosse pointed out that basic maintenance of the ships is essential.

No one knows for sure if the R3 and R4 ships stranded in Pape‘ete Harbor will operate again in French Polynesia.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

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