Would chikungunya drive the luxury tourists away ?

At the Taina marina, yacht charter high season was shortened to eight weeks because of the chikungunya epidemic, which has driven international clients in November of businessmen and multinational employers. “The mega yacht Noble House, which rents 250,000 dollars a week, was used only four weeks since August, the Tuamotu and Bora Bora, in his first season in Tahiti, says Etienne Boutin, manager the company Tahiti Ocean. And again, this is because the contracts were signed before the explosion of the epidemic. Since then, we have more requests. ”
Yet this boat 52 meters generally good press from foreign rich. It will soon be leaving the dock it is not certain that it will retry the Polynesian experience, then it is highly demanded in Fiji.
On Douce France, it’s even worse. This boat is one of the largest luxury sailing catamarans in the world. It measures 43 meters long, has two high masts of 42 meters each, and includes eight crew members, six luxury cabins with marble bathrooms and a 250-bottle wine cellar.
This impressive catamaran had come to spend the season in Polynesian waters for the first time since 2006 and despite its lower price than Noble House (150 000 dollars a week) “no one has even praised” says Etienne Boutin.

Despite the economic downturn, manage Tahiti Ocean wants to remain optimistic: “We hope that the chikungunya epidemic will be completed in April-May and this will be announced in the media worldwide as when it starts. It should then bringing back our customers. ”

[Source: (in french) moustique-tigre.info]

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