Hopes for Tahitian Village project alive

1:03 pm on 20 December 2019

French Polynesia's vice-president Teva Rohfritsch is in Paris to meet the four short-listed bidders to build a congress centre as part of the downscaled Tahitian Village project.

Teva Rohfritsch of French Polynesia's Atia Porinetia Party

French Polynesia's vice-president Teva Rohfritsch. Photo: supplied

The congress centre is what is left of the government's $US3 billion Mahana Beach project, which has been downsized after a series of setbacks.

The planned congress centre west of Papeete is expected to have theatres and parking spaces for 1500 cars.

A jury is expected to decide by June which project will win the contract worth about $US70 million.

In July, a New Zealand consortium Kaitiaki Tagaloa missed three deadlines to finalise contracts worth $US700m to construct accommodation at the Tahitian Village site.

Originally launched in 2014, the Mahana Beach project was meant to double Tahiti's tourist numbers.

Teva Rohfritsch in Paris with officials.

Teva Rohfritsch, centre, in Paris. Photo: Présidence de la Polynésie française