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Government called on to support slumping industry

PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, March 16, 2010) - The Conseil des Professionnels de l΄Hôtellerie (Council of Hotelerie Professionals, or CPH) calls for all French Polynesian officials to help the ailing tourism industry in Tahiti and Her Islands.

The time has come to think about what is not working and what should be done to make things better, CPH co-presidents Jean-Marc Mocellin, Dominique MIichaud, Marc Reissinger said.

CPH co-presidents said it is unfair to claim that hotel managers are responsible of this situation.

They said more should be done by government officials to help the tourism industry to recover.

2009 was Tahiti's worst tourism year since the 163,774 tourists who visited in 1996.

The 2009 visitor volume was 160,447, a drop of 36,049 (-18.3 percent) from the 196,496 visitors in 2008, the French Polynesia Statistical Institute (ISPF) reported.

Meanwhile, the Hilton Hotel located in Tahiti's west coast commune of Faa΄a will close March 31.

A group of U.S investors is reportedly interested these days in buying 14 hotels in Tahiti and Her Islands. However, the investment and the name of this group of potential overseas investors have yet to be announced.

Having casinos in French Polynesia could be one way to attract more visitors, the CPH said.

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