Aussies love to escape the winter chill for tropical Tahiti
AUSTRALIANS flocked to Tahiti and her islands last year in a tourism comeback that saw Tahiti listed as one of the fastest growing overseas destinations and visitor numbers return to pre-GFC evels.
Since the GFC hit in 2008, Tahiti has been steadily luring travellers back with a 40 per cent increase in Australian visitors between 2009 and 2012.
According to annual tourism figures, Australian visitor numbers to Tahiti increased 24 per cent in 2012 - the third largest increase experienced by any international destination last year.
"The last time we saw Australian visitors around this mark was before the GFC so we couldn't be more thrilled," Tahiti Tourisme Australia Director Robert Thompson said.
"From what we've already seen this year and looking at forward bookings, it's a trend that we expect to continue throughout 2013."
May and June were the most popular months to travel to Tahiti in 2012, and Mr Thompson said this was in line with Australians' desire to escape winter.