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Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Assumes Management of the Exclusive Te Tiare Beach Resort in the Society Islands of French Polynesia
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HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII - May 11, 2004 - Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Hawaii's largest hotelier, will continue to expand its portfolio across the Pacific by assuming management of the exclusive Te Tiare Beach Resort in the Society Islands of French Polynesia.
 
On July 1, the 41-unit beachfront resort will be managed by the Honolulu based hotelier that now manages 51 hotels open or under development in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Guam and the South Pacific. Under a multi-year management agreement with owner Rudy Markmiller, the Te Tiare Beach Resort will be added to Outrigger's portfolio of properties that are marketed throughout the world from their Honolulu headquarters and satellite sales offices in 14 countries.

"We are delighted to establish a presence in French Polynesia with a property that 


Te Tiare Beach Resort
 Huahine
French Polynesia
is as highly regarded as the Te Tiare Beach Resort," said Outrigger's Vice President of Business Development Bill Henderson. "French Polynesia is an important strategic destination for Outrigger's growth, and we couldn't have picked a better property in this region than the Te Tiare Beach Resort. This is an excellent product, and their experienced staff has built a reputation with which we are proud to be associated. We are equally excited about this opportunity to work with Rudy Markmiller, an owner who shares our values and respect for the local culture and community."

According to Henderson, all wholesale and retail travel supplier contracts will be honored with very little change. 

Located on the island of Huahine, between Tahiti and Bora Bora, Te Tiare Beach Resort is serviced by Air Tahiti with frequent commuter air service from both Papeete and Bora Bora. Accommodations include 41 air conditioned over-water, beach and garden bungalows in a spectacular South Pacific setting. The 16 over-water bungalows include Jacuzzi-tubs and outdoor shower, and all accommodations include phone, color television, wet bar, refrigerator, luxurious bathroom and classic island architecture. The resort's hallmark of island hospitality is a personal greeting for each guest with the sounding of a conch shell and tropical beverage waiting at the pier upon arrival by boat taxi.

"Outrigger brings to us an extensive worldwide sales and distribution network that offers an opportunity to reach new markets for our resort," said Markmiller. "And in addition to the enhanced business opportunities Outrigger offers, they are well known for their respect of local culture, heritage and people wherever they operate. We truly feel that our affiliation with Outrigger will be a great fit."

The property will join the Outrigger portfolio of properties that are represented by 14 sales and reservation centers located in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. In addition, the property will be integrated into Outrigger's reservation connections with the industry's most powerful global distribution systems: Pegasus, Sabre, Worldspan, Galileo and Amadeus. 

The five-year-old resort is surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and white sand beaches. All accommodations face the west for sunset views of Raiatea and Taha'a islands. A large over-water restaurant serves a unique fusion of Continental cuisines with a Polynesian flavor and an emphasis on abundant fresh local fruits, produce and seafood. Authentic Tahitian music, demonstrations and dance are provided daily in the restaurant and bar.  Recreational activities include scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, shark-feeding, jet-skiing, deep sea fishing, sunset boat cruises, water skiing, sailing, bicycling, picnic excursions, scooter rentals, horseback rides and tours of the many rich historical and cultural sites located throughout the island. Other services include babysitting, nightly turn down service, room service dining, Internet access, tour assistance, complimentary boat shuttle to the nearby village of Fare, and 24-hour security.

Guests at Te Tiare and the island of Huahine are given a rare glimpse into the history and culture of Polynesia. According to local beliefs, the traditions and history of Huahine make it one of the most culturally significant islands in all of Polynesia, with numerous "Marae" (sacred sites), impressive engraved monoliths, evidence of ancient Polynesian voyaging canoes and the largest concentration of artifacts of the native Ma'ohi people that date back 1,000 years. The island has also been host to a great many European explorers, most notably England's Captain James Cook on three separate occasions, and Captain William Bligh aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789, the year of the fateful mutiny.

About Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is a division of Outrigger Enterprises, Inc., the largest locally owned lodging company in Hawaii and one of the fastest growing lodging companies in the Pacific. Under various management contracts and its two hotel brands - Outrigger Hotels & Resorts and OHANA Hotels & Resorts - the company currently operates or has under development 50 hotels and resorts throughout the Pacific region, representing more than 12,000 hotel rooms and condominium units in Hawaii, Australia, Micronesia, Fiji and New Zealand. Through a franchise agreement with Marriott International, Outrigger Enterprises owns and operates the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and the Wailea Marriott Resort under the Marriott brand. Through a strategic alliance with Fairfield Resorts, the world's largest time-share company, Outrigger Enterprises manages three vacation ownership properties on Hawaii's Big Island. Outrigger's affiliate, Outrigger Lodging Services, operates nearly two-dozen hotels and resorts throughout the U.S. Mainland under a variety of brands.

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Contact:
Jim Austin
Director of Public Relations
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts / 
OHANA Hotels & Resorts
2375 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815-2992
(808) 921-6941
public.relations@outrigger.com
www.outrigger.com

 
Also See: FocusOn Pacific Islands; Well Placed to Lead World Tourism Growth - Fiji, Cook Islands, Samoa, French Polynesia, Vanuatu and New Caledonia / Dec 2002
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Opens the Boutique-style Outrigger Queenstown at the Beacon; Ken Harris Appointed GM / December 2003


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