2 Feb 2006

French Polynesia visitor numbers drop

3:18 pm on 2 February 2006

The French Polynesian government says the number of tourists last year was down compared with the figures in 2004.

Last year, 208,000 visitors arrived in Tahiti and its islands which is 4,000 fewer than in the previous year.

There was drop in the number of US tourists but an increase in visitors from Australia and Europe.

The tourism authorities hope to increase visitor numbers by 100,000 by 2007.