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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Dec. 31) – Tahiti appears destined to finish 2004 with only slightly more international visitors than last year’s 212,767 arrivals.

That is based on the latest statistics provided by the French Polynesia government’s Tourism Department for Jan. 1 through Oct. 31.

The figures show 178,149 visitors or 1,366 more than the 176,783 visitors for the same period last year.

A slight increase over last year still leaves Tahiti far from its goal of 300,000 yearly visitors by 2007.

Tahiti’s best ever visitor volume remains the 252,200 visitors of 2000. That peak was followed by 227,658 visitors in 2001, 189,030 in 2002 and last year’s 212,7567 visitors.

Meanwhile, November produced a 5.2 percent drop in passenger volume from a year ago for the six regularly scheduled international airlines serving Tahiti, lowering the gain for the year from 6.9 percent more passengers at the end of October to 5.8 percent after 11 months, the latest French Civil Aviation Office statistics show.

This year’s latest statistics, provided without any commentary from the Ministry of Tourism, show that the North American and French markets have not been able to match last year’s visitor volumes.

January 3, 2005

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