French Poly­ne­sia ho­tel’s flash sale draws a crowd


Pape’ete: There has been a rush on a ho­tel in French Poly­ne­sia sell­ing its fur­nish­ings af­ter it closed in May and let 190 staff go. Large num­bers of peo­ple lined up out­side the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel in Moorea at dawn af­ter the ho­tel ad­ver­tised a flash sale last­ing five days.

Po­lice were called to the scene to man­age the crowd and within hours every­thing was sold, with most peo­ple miss­ing out while oth­ers bought sev­eral lots.The ho­tel sold bun­ga­low in­te­ri­ors for US$1200 a unit (FJ$2500).

The In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal had low oc­cu­pancy this year and was hit by pro­longed strikes last year. One 45-day strike over the dis­puted dis­missal of four em­ploy­ees in­curred the ho­tel losses of US$2 mil­lion (FJ$4.5m).

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