1 Aug 2009

Church in French Polynesia opposed to gay tourism and wedding tourism

9:16 am on 1 August 2009

The Maohi Protestant Church in French Polynesia has spoken out against government initiatives to promote gay tourism and wedding tourism.

The church president, Taarii Maraea, says it's wrong to exploit the homosexual condition for financial gain as this makes gays only more vulnerable.

The comment comes after hundreds of tourists arrived on a gay cruise which the tourism authorities hailed as a new business opportunity.

The Maohi church, which is the territory's most significant church, has also rejected the promotion of weddings by foreigners, saying it's just a government bid to fill its coffers.

Tourism figures in Tahiti have declined in recent years, with arrival numbers down to what they were in 1996.