Tahiti ho­tels de­cry travel re­stric­tions

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Ho­tel pro­fes­sion­als in French Poly­ne­sia have warned that ex­ces­sive pro­tec­tion mea­sures in re­sponse to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic will kill tourism.

Thierry Brov­elli, who is a top in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said the cur­rent quar­an­tine pro­vi­sions would also hit peo­ple’s health be­cause within months the so­cial ser­vice agency would be broke.

Any­one ar­riv­ing in French Poly­ne­sia has to be iso­lated for two weeks.

Of­fi­cials said up to 20,000 jobs were at risk and 67,000 peo­ple had no un­em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance.

Some ho­tels have closed for good while oth­ers were wait­ing for in­ter­na­tional air travel to restart.

To re­vive the tourism sec­tor, there had been sug­ges­tions to ex­per­i­ment with a so-called cor­ri­dor to ex­empt high-end tourists from the cur­rent regime so that they could reach more ex­clu­sive re­sorts in Bora Bora or Te­tiaroa.

Mr Brov­elli said that was too re­stric­tive and many po­ten­tial trav­ellers would ei­ther de­fer or can­cel their trips.

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