HOTEL OCCUPANCY IN TAHITI FALLS TO 36 PERCENT

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More discouraging news for Tahiti’s struggling industry

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Feb. 17, 2009) РFrench Polynesia's 24 major international hotels had a combined average occupancy rate of 36.11 percent in January, compared with a year-to-year rate of 44.11 percent, according to the Conseil des Professionels de l'H̫telerie (Council of Hotelerie Professionals, or CPH).

January's results were more discouraging news for Tahiti's struggling tourism industry, which finished 2008 with fewer than 200,000 visitors for the first time since 2002. Last year produced 196,486 overseas visitors. That was 21,745, or 10 percent, fewer visitors than 2007's 218,241 visitors.

But the 2008 results were higher than the 189,030 visitors welcomed in Tahiti during the year following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA.

January's combined occupancy rate of 36.11 percent for the 24 hotels, however, was lower than December's (41.67 percent) and for all of last year (56.38 percent), according to the CPH statistics. The occupancy rate for all of 2007 was 59.96 percent.

[PIR editor’s note: This story was trimmed by PIR. For the full story, see http://www.tahitipresse.pf/tourisme.cfm?snav=see&presse=26745 ]

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