In April 2018, tourism in French Polynesia increased by 2.8% compared to April 2017. This increase is the result of a strong increase in the number of cruise passengers (+ 74%) more important than the contraction of the number of tourists accommodated in terrestrial accommodation (- 5.5%).
The statistical institute of French Polynesia published Tuesday its conjuncture point of tourist attendance for the month of April 2018. In April 2018, the tourist attendance of French Polynesia rose by 2.8% compared to April 2017 This increase is the result of a 74% increase in the number of cruise lines. Being more important than the contraction of the number of tourists accommodated in terrestrial accommodation (- 5.5%), the result is encouraging for the tourist attendance of the Country.
The decline in terrestrial accommodation only concerns the commercial segment (-7%). The number of tourist nights increased by 10% in line with the rise in attendance and that of the average length of stay (+ 1 day).
Since January, French Polynesia has welcomed 60,611 tourists, an increase of 5.8% over the previous year. The increase results exclusively from the growth of cruise lines, which contributed 10 points to the overall result. The decline in the number of tourists accommodated in commercial ground accommodation (- 5.9%) has contributed negatively (- 4.4 points) to the evolution since January 2018. The number of tourist nights has increased by 10% to 817,000 overnight stays.
In April 2018, 16,000 tourists landed at Tahiti-Faa’a airport, 500 more tourists than in April 2017. By type of tourism, the number of people accommodated inland accommodation is lower (-750 people) and the number of cruise passengers is growing (+ 1,200 people). The decline in land forces concerns only tourists accommodated in commercial ground accommodation (73% of tourism staff).
All major markets (except European and French customers) contribute to the decrease in the number of visitors to commercial land accommodation (-7%). The decline in the number of North American merchant land tourists alone contributes 8.4 points to the overall contraction. The strong growth in the number of cruise passengers is explained by the increase in the offer in intra-Polynesian cruises, related to the presence of the “Paul Gauguin” which was absent from Polynesian waters in 2017 (in refit) and to the increase of the number of rotations for other boats.
The growth in the number of cruise passengers affects all of the issuing markets, particularly the North American market, which contributes 50 points to growth.
In total since January, the growth of arrivals for floating accommodation (+5,500 people) allows the rise in overall attendance because the terrestrial commercial accommodation loses 2,500 people.
Tourist attendance in French Polynesia rose by 5.8% compared to the first four months of 2017. The rise in floating tourism is also reflected in the strong increase in the number of pensioners (+ 29%), which represents on average 35% of cruisers compared to 11.5% of the land-based tourist workforce.
As the decline in the number of merchant land forces is less strong than the increase in cruise lines, the use of commercial accommodation increased by 2.1% in April 2018 and cumulative since January by 6.1%.
The number of affinity tourists increased by 10% compared to April 2017 and by 2.7% cumulative over the first four months of the year.
Since January, the average length of stay has risen from 0.5 days to 13.5 days and the number of overnight stays has increased by 76,000 overnight stays compared to the previous year.
These additional nights are distributed among 10,000 of them, in non-market land accommodation and 70,000 in floating accommodation; the market-oriented tourist overnight stays lose 4,500 nights.
(Source: Tahiti Infos 26 June 2018)