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“It’s eight hours from Los Angeles to paradise,” says Tahiti’s Tourism Minister Nicole Bouteau, when speaking about the new vacation packages Delta Vacations is offering to The Islands of Tahiti. With more than 40 percent of the visitors to Tahiti coming from the U.S., representing approximately 70,000 visitors a year, this partnership is a no-brainer.

“We hope it will improve the [destination’s] visibility,” says Bouteau. “We hope it will create a new audience.” Adds Elizabeth Moriarty, Delta Vacations’ v.p. for product development, “Tahiti is such an inspirational destination and we have been focusing on more high-end hotel offerings, we’ve added a lot more four- and five-star products.” Moriarty notes that Tahiti has also been added to Delta Vacations’ romance program. “It’s a perfect fit.”

“This is a destination that offers five cultures, but one people,” says Bouteau. In this destination of five archipelagos spread out over two million sq. miles throughout the South Pacific Ocean and encompassing 118 islands, tourism is the number one industry. “There’s ziplining, hiking and UNESCO World Heritage sites,” notes Bouteau. “And our people are friendly and welcoming.”

Delta Vacations offers a variety of four-and five-star accommodations for booking across all of the most popular islands (Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea) with international and boutique hotel brands such as Marriot International’s Le Meridien and St. Regis properties; Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts; Sofitel Hotels and Resorts; Hilton Hotels and Resorts’ Conrad Bora Bora Nui; and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Customers who wish to book The Brando, the luxury resort located on the private island of Tetiaroa, can also do so through Delta Vacations.

These hotel stays can be bundled with other activities and tours on the island, in addition to a flight to create a vacation package for which customers can receive up to 2,000 bonus miles per person, in addition to credited flight miles through the SkyMiles program. Flight service to Tahiti originates from Los Angeles and is operated by Delta’s joint venture partner, Air France-KLM.

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