The first AYSS PacificNet –Tahiti held 26th June 2014 in Papeete, was a welcome success, reports Etienne Bouton of Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti, destination host for the new event.
The festive and insightful event, also benefiting the Red Cross, drew AYSS agents, some sail & motor superyacht crews, Australian, New Zealand, Tahiti, Vanuatu and Fiji yachting industry representatives along with Papeete Port Authority and Tahiti Tourism authorities.
The event was very well received by those attending, including AYSS agents from Australia – Carrie Carter from Carter marine in Cairns; from New Zealand – Phil and Fleur Tomlinson from Thirty Seven South, Rachel Harrison from Integrated Marine group and Janice Lynch from Asia Pacific Superyacht New Zealand; from Vanuatu – Jess Bell from Kaleva Yachting Services; and from Fiji – David Jamieson from Yacht Help.
There was also a fair amount of crew joining from sailing superyachts, noted Etienne, including superyacht Erica XII, sailing yacht Mondango 3, charter yacht Douce France, charter yacht Nephele, luxury yacht Silvertip, charter yacht Bliss, and charter yacht Salperton. Joining the sailing superyachts were charter yacht Ultimate Lady and charter yacht Jambo, both based for charter in Tahiti.
Others joined the AYSS PacificNet, noted Etienne: “We were also blessed with visitors from the Australian industry such as Maryanne Edwards from Superyacht Australia, Steve Fisher from Brisbane Rivergate Marina, Steven Mitchell from Sydney City Marina, David Good from Ports North, Peter Luke from Superyacht Solutions and more.”
Enjoying the first time event and helpful in sharing information with agents and yachting professionals, reported Etienne: “We also received Christiane Chaine, the commercial manager of Papeete Port Authority, who joined us to present the new marina under construction in downtown Papeete. As well, Vaihere Lissant, marketing manager at Tahiti Tourism met with Maryanne Edwards to discuss possibilities for joint promotion actions between Australia, New Zealand and south pacific islands such as Tahiti.”
Tahiti Tourisme recently published news, separate from the event, includes the following announcements:
“Marlon Brando’s private island new eco-friendly resort, located on the stunning Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa, is set to open in July 2014. The highly anticipated opening will add a whole new dimension of exclusivity to Tahiti’s accommodation offering, featuring 35 villas along a private beach only accessible via private airfield. The Brando will also have two restaurants and a Polynesian Spa and has released a short movie explaining the concept of this luxurious new property featuring interviews with the owner and Marlon Brando’s son.”
Coming up on the calendar soon, Tahiti announced, “Tahiti and her islands is gearing up once again to host the Billabong Pro Surfing Competition on 9thto 26th August 2014. 48 of the world’s best competitive surfers will take to the sparkling blue waters surrounding Teahupo’o, south east of Tahiti for one of twelve stops on the Billabong World Championship Tour, providing a breathtaking action-packed competition.”
Tahiti and her islands is now well into its dry ‘winter’ period, taking place from May to October. With endless sunshine and warm waters this is the perfect season for both first time visitors and Tahiti enthusiasts to visit the exotic destination.
For those looking for some top tips on activities, tours, accommodation and restaurant options, Tahiti Tourisme has launched an interactive travel planner available online. Etienne and his team will then assist with arrangements and bookings through their licensed travel agency Pacific Avenues.
Tahiti and her islands enjoy a tropical climate, which is cooled all year round by the Pacific trade winds. The average air temperature is about 27°C, and the water of the lagoons is more or less constant at 26°C making this destination the perfect sailing escape.
This proved especially true for the special first-time occasion of the AYSS PacificNet – Tahiti 2014.