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Workshop series looks for more agents to sell destination

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, May 24, 2009) – The entire month of May is fully dedicated to Tahiti Tourisme North America's workshop series. Each Spring, Tahiti Tourisme North America hits the road visiting many cities across the United States and Canada bringing an in-depth and in-person method of reaching qualified travel agents through a workshop series.

The purpose of these workshops is to attract qualified travel agents who are not yet selling the destination and need more knowledge and selling tools, travel agents who are selling Tahiti and her islands, but are not yet enrolled in the Tiare Specialist Program, and travel agents that are already selling Tahiti, but wish to get updated on new products and renew their knowledge and momentum of selling our islands, a Tahiti Tourisme North America press release states.

In response to the current economic downturn and reduced budgets for many of its partners, this years' Workshop series featured only a morning breakfast format and a shortened presentation program.

Tahiti Tourisme North America also reduced the total number of cities to nine in the U.S. and three in Canada.

Many other events are scheduled in the months to come to promote Tahiti and Her Islands in the North American market. These events are:

-May 30 - May 31: Long Beach Scuba Show- the Long Beach Convention Center

The scuba Show will host over 200 exhibitors featuring new and revolutionary dive gear, dive travel representatives and scuba experts. This is the largest consumer dive expo in the U.S.

-May 31 - June 6: Signature Educational Tour & Conference - Tahiti/Moorea/Bora Bora

In conjunction with the Signature Travel Network organization, TTNA with the generous support of Air Tahiti Nui and preferred tour operators – Classic Vacations, Pleasant Holidays and Tahiti Legends – are sponsoring 39 select Signature agents on a special educational trip to include the islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. The conference portion will highlight presentations on the destination and key lifestyle markets along with an industry trade show.

-June 17 - 19: Vacation.com Conference & Trade Show - in Las Vegas, NV

This year marks the organization's 11th annual conference & trade show which will provide in-depth travel information and hands-on training for the member agents of the Vacation.com. This year TTNA will be participating with Travel2/Islands In The Sun.

-June 22 - 24: Incentive Travel Exchange - Las Vegas, NV

A premier event for buyers and sellers of incentive travel, this 4th annual ITE will once again bring together pre-qualified hosted buyers and hand selected sellers of incentive travel for two days of networking and pre-arranged one-to-one meetings. Representing the destination will be TTNA and Air Tahiti Nui.

-Sept. 29 - Oct. 01: IT&ME "The Motivation Show"- in Chicago, IL

The Incentive Travel and Meeting Executives "The Motivation Show" is the premier Incentive and Meetings tradeshow event in the United States, held in conjunction with concurrent educational sessions over a three-day period.

-October 25 - 27: French Affairs- Maison de La France

This event is arranged by Maison de la France and is the premier annual meeting between French and North American tourism professionals.

-November 4 - 7: DEMA – Orlando, FL

DEMA is an international trade only event for the diving, action water sports and adventure travel industries.

-December 1 - 3: Luxury Travel Expo – Las Vegas, NV

The Luxury Travel Expo is the only Trade event entirely dedicated to providing suppliers and agents a forum for dialogue and education specific to the luxury market.

-December 4 - 5: Signature Travel Network Annual Conference & Tradeshow – Las Vegas, NV.

Signature's show include seminars related to client loyalty programs, river cruising, emerging destinations, the latest technology tools, destination training, optimizing customer databases, and consulting fees among other things.

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