21 Jul 2014

Huge Tahiti resort project chosen

1:12 pm on 21 July 2014

The French Polynesian government has approved a proposed hotel and resort complex on Tahiti, which will cost nearly three billion US dollars to realise.

A jury has picked the project by a Hawaiian company, Group 70 International, to develop the Tahiti Mahana Beach Resorts and Spa on 52 hectares on the island's west side.

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Photo: Presidence Polynesie francaise

The two other proposals were from a French and a Chinese company.

The president, Gaston Flosse, says he will find the investors to finance the development, which is to include five hotels , a casino, a convention centre, cinemas, an aquatic park as well as luxury shops.

To add to the sustainability of the complex, it is to be airconditioned with a system using cold water from the ocean's depth.

The resort project is a key plank in the government's plan to create jobs and revive tourism as visitor numbers are well below what they were 15 years ago.