Tahiti Resort To Be Largest Tourism Development In France

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Chinese consortium to build $2 billion Mahana Beach Resort

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 23, 2015) – French Polynesia's tourism minister says that after more than a decade of planning and legal problems, signing a contract for the Mahana Beach Resort is a significant achievement.

The government at the weekend announced that an agreement had been signed with a Chinese consortium to construct the massive US$2 billion complex on Tahiti.

The minister, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, says the project is the largest tourism development in all of France, and will create thousands of jobs for the territory.

He says a final contract for the 70-year agreement will be signed by the end of June, with a provision to secure work for locals.

[PIR editor’s note: RNZI reported that Bouissou said ‘"What will happen is that we are doubling the number of hotel keys here in French Polynesia, and what we know also is that investors are already asking for us to allow them to build other hotels elsewhere in Tahiti and also in the islands like Bora Bora and Moorea." ... Jean-Christophe Bouissou says the consortium's involvement should also open French Polynesia to the Chinese market.’]

"That's one big point of the MOU, is first of all to hire people from French Polynesia building this complex, building the hotels, but also running these hotels, the restaurants and running all the other part of the programme."

Jean-Christophe Bouissou says the Mahana Beach Resort development will also bring plenty of flow-on effect for the territory's economy.

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