15 Oct 2013

Replica ship and Bounty festival attempts to lure tourists to French Polynesia

11:01 am on 15 October 2013

Mutiny on the Bounty enthusiasts in French Polynesia are hoping to lure tourists with products which focus on the vessel's visit to the territory 225 years ago.

Bounty Tahiti is drawing up plans for a replica of the ship which spent five months in Tahiti to collect breadfruit.

The company's general manager Beni Huber says the story of the Bounty's spell in Tahiti before Fletcher Christian's mutiny is not well celebrated in the territory.

He hopes the three day festival at the end of this month and the replica vessel for tourist cruises will attract fans of the film and story.

"For us Bounty's a brand, well known all over the world, so we are creating altogether a major tourist attraction for French Polynesia."

Beni Huber says the festival includes history, film and cuisine to do with the Bounty story and takes place from 25th to 27th October.

He says there are plans to make it an annual event.