NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Tahiti Legends, a new wholesaler,
entered the Tahiti market.
Formed early this year by Alain Bernard, president, it is about
to introduce its first product line, which it details in a 44-page
The company is marketing several packages.
Using Parkroyal properties and offering introductory 15%
commissions, it has been faxing the package information to
"We will try to share our passion for Tahiti and, with an
experienced staff, we pride ourselves on being able to arrange any
Tahiti itinerary," said Bernard, who formerly was president of Los
Angeles-based Islands in the Sun.
The brochure, he said, provides detailed information on French
Also, he said, it will contain commissionable activities for
agents to presell, which is unusual in the Tahiti market.
Options will include four-wheel-drive tours, a Tahiti
circle-island tour, scuba on five islands, and wedding and vows-
Packages already on the market feature two- and three-island
options, in conjunction with Air New Zealand and Air France.
Prices and the 15% commission are valid for stays through May
Rates start at $1,289 for a seven-night Moorea/Tahiti
combination, with accommodations at Parkroyal hotels and air from
The new brochure features more than 30 properties on seven
islands and two other air carriers: AOM French Airlines and
Also listed are a choice of seven inclusive packages, with meals
and sightseeing, and cruise and honeymoon options.
Lead prices on year-round packages are $759 for seven nights
with air from Los Angeles (Cook's Bay on Moorea and the Royal
Tahitian in Papeete are lead properties).
Ruth Zimmerman, formerly Islands in the Sun's vice president, is
executive vice president of Tahiti Legends.
Bernard left Islands in the Sun, where he was president for
seven years, last September, following its sale.
Islands merged with ATS Tours in 1993, with Accor holding a
The company became ATS Tours/Islands in the Sun, with each
entity headed by a president and retaining its identity.
Last August, Accor sold its 55% interest.
For more information, contact Tahiti Legends at (800) 200-1213;
fax (714) 673-4667, or E-mail the wholesaler at