U.S. Arrivals to the Islands of Tahiti Are Strong

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U.S. arrivals to The Islands of Tahiti are ever-increasing. The first half of 2019 saw the strongest arrivals in The Islands of Tahiti in the past 18 years, with 143,996 visitors—a 17.6 percent increase from 2018. Arrivals from the U.S. increased the most with 43.3 percent of all visitors. In the first six months of 2019, more than 47,625 visitors from the U.S. were welcomed in the destination, an increase of 29.1 percent.

2019 visitor arrival numbers in The Islands of Tahiti



% Change YOY



56 percent



18 percent



24 percent



29 percent



35 percent



24 percent

Kristin Carlson, managing director of Tahiti Tourisme United States, says airlines are facilitating tourism.

“There is no doubt accessibility is a huge factor, with the 2018 introduction of new nonstop flights from San Francisco with United Airlines and low-cost carrier French bee,” Carlson said in a written statement. "Affordability has also majorly contributed to the growth. With increased airline competition as well as upgrades to the Air Tahiti Nui fleet and the greater availability of Tahitian Guesthouses, Villas, and yacht charters, visitors have more accommodation options than ever before, at all price points."

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Vacation rentals in The Islands of Tahiti rose 45 percent year over year and stays in Tahitian guesthouses grew 15 percent due to the shared economy trend. Stays in hotels also saw an increase with an 11 percent growth. Tahiti Tourisme United States says the outlook for visitation remains very positive for 2019 and beyond.

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