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French Polynesia to cap visitor numbers

French Polynesia's tourism agency says it aims for a cap on visitor numbers in an updated strategy to make the industry sustainable.

Named Farira'a Manihini 2027, the plan is to establish Tahiti and its islands as a boutique destination and leader in slow tourism.

The new strategy is yet to be approved by the territorial assembly.

The head of Tahiti Tourisme Jean-Marc Mocellin said until today, there has always been talk of growth objectives, but this time, it is a question of setting a cap of 300,000 visitors a year.

He said the number is achievable but should not be exceeded in order to have a ratio of one tourist to one inhabitant.

The aim of the new approach is also to have visitors stay for longer and for them to meet the local population.

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