Minister of Tourism, Nicole Bouteau, unveiled Wednesday afternoon at a lunch debate Tapura estimates of figures of tourist attendance fenua throughout the year 2017. “Nearly 199,000 tourists,” according to the minister.
If the complete figures of tourist attendance for the year 2017 have not yet been made public by the Institute of Statistics (ISPF), the Minister of Tourism, Nicole Bouteau, announced Wednesday noon the “estimates” of the annual attendance during a lunch-debate Tapura special tourism.
Nicole Bouteau says that with estimates for the month of December, “nearly 199,000 tourists” have stayed at the fenua in 2017. The symbolic bar of 200 000 tourists has not yet been crossed, but the minister is satisfied with a steady increase since 2011. Nicole Bouteau who regretted that the fairings of three months Paul Gauguin and of a month of the Wind Spirit cost the small thousand tourists who could have crossed this symbolic bar at the end of last year.
Let’s remember that the bar of 200 000 tourists was only crossed between 2000 and 2002 and between 2004 and 2009 in Polynesia. Tourist attendance was at its lowest level in the last 20 years in 2009, averaging 150,000 tourists. The highest historical level is 255,000 tourists in 2001.
(Source: Radio 1 Tahiti 21 April 2018)