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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (January 27, 2002 - Tahitipresse)---Tahiti tourism officials said last week that 227,658 visitors arrived in French Polynesia during 2001, reflecting a 9.7% drop compared to 2000.

Nevertheless, the 2001 statistics are 8% better than in 1999.

The 2001 decrease compared to 2000 is due mainly to the effects of the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States, officials said.

The September bankruptcy of Renaissance Cruises is part of the reason for poorer 2001 visitor results. Two Renaissance cruise ships, the R3 and R4, remain stranded in Pape‘ete Harbor.

Most of the visitors still come from the United States (93,363 tourists, 41% of the total number in 2001).

Despite the September 11th terrorist attacks more U.S. visitors arrived in Tahiti in 2001 than in 2000; 50,466 tourists (22% of the total amount of visitors) came from France; 19,031 tourists (8.4% of the total amount of visitors) came from Japan.

Tourists’ average length of stay last year was 12.6 days.

Seventeen percent of the visitors arriving in Tahiti also visited other destinations -- such as Moorea and Bora Bora -- during the same trip.

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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