DATE: June 1, 2008
CONTACT: Jeanne Kolander 928 763 8255


If you were planning the vacation of your lifetime, or perhaps your honeymoon and you wanted to go to an exotic island destination, wouldn't you want your travel agent to have been there first? Wouldn't you feel more confident with a travel agent who knew what the hotels are like? How to get around? Where to get a really great meal? What not to miss, and what not to waste your time on?

Of course you would. Especially if you had your heart set on Tahiti and Her Islands.

That's why travel agent Jeanne Kolander of eTravelbound took the time and effort to become a Tahiti Tiare Agent ­ a trained specialist in Tahiti.

"The Tahiti Tiare program is extremely comprehensive, and when you finish you really know the destination," says Kolander. "A lot of people have a life-long dream of going to Tahiti. So they do a lot of research. But then when they go to book their trip, they discover that their travel agent doesn't know the first thing about it."

The Tahiti Tiare program is an intensive training program that Tahiti's national tourist office offers to travel agents. Agents don't get certified until they attend workshops and seminars put on by the tour operators and cruise lines. They must also visit Tahiti and Her Islands and experience the country first-hand. And there's more. They have to sell a minimum number of trips, demonstrating that they can successfully put together and sell Tahiti vacations...repeatedly.

Kolander says that being a Tahiti Tiare Agent has given her the ability to make people's dreams come true. But it has also shown her how to identify clients for whom Tahiti might not be the ideal vacation spot. Says Kolander; "Tahiti is not for everybody. If somebody's looking for night-life or non-stop extreme sports, I gently recommend some place else."

But for travelers seeking a unique getaway to a place of heart-stopping beauty, Tahiti and Her Islands is the place. "There is no more romantic place for a honeymoon or anniversary. But that's not all. There are wonderful cruises throughout the islands. There's also world-class scuba diving and yachting. And no matter what you do on your trip, you get to experience the genuine warmth of the Polynesian people. I'd say that's one of the most remarkable things about the destination."

To contact Jeanne Kolander, call eTravelbound at 928-763-8255 or email


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