15 Aug 2014

Major Tahiti hotel demolished

4:06 pm on 15 August 2014

A Tahiti landmark hotel has been demolished to make way for French Polynesia's massive Mahana Beach Resort project.

The 200-room Maeva Beach hotel, which was opened in 1969, has been reduced to 15,000 tonnes of rubble, which will now be cleared away.

The area of the hotel is to be part of a 52 hectare development with several hotels, a conference centre and a casino.

The project, which is expected to cost about three billion US dollars, is aimed to create jobs and revive tourism.

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Photo: RNZI