AUSTRALIAN COMPANY MAY USE RENAISSANCE CRUISE SHIP STRANDED IN PAPE‘ETE

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (February 27, 2002 – Tahitipresse)---An Australian company may use one of the two Renaissance cruise ships, R3 and R4, stranded in Pape‘ete Harbor since Renaissance's bankruptcy September 25th last year, the government of French Polynesia announced Tuesday.

"This company would like to use one of the ships nine months out of twelve in New Caledonia and three months in French Polynesia," said French Polynesia President Gaston Flosse.

However, he did not give any details about the project or name the Australian company involved.

President Flosse met once again with bank and ship owner representatives during a trip to Paris last week. He criticized them, saying that they were only interested in "financial concerns" and did not think at all about the effects of their decisions on tourism and the economy 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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