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President, Tahiti Legends
Alain Bernard has been involved in promoting travel to French Polynesia for over 25 years. Born in France, he came to California in 1982 and remains a dual citizen of France and the United States. Mr. Bernard was the Financial Controller for UTA French Airlines for several years, and later joined the ACCOR group in 1987 as President of the subsidiary tour operator, Islands in the Sun. In 1996, Mr. Bernard founded Tahiti Legends. He felt that the North American market was in need of a travel company that was entirely dedicated to Tahiti and managed and operated by a group of individuals who wanted to share their knowledge and love for the destination. Tahiti Legends quickly became a leading U.S. travel company promoting travel to the South Pacific, as well as the Tahiti specialist for North America. In January 2010, based on the same principle of service and quality, Mr. Bernard started an operation based in Paris, France named Voyage de Legende. The company's primary emphasis is to promote the exclusive luxury product, Paul Gauguin Cruises, in France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and China. Mr. Bernard holds a Masters degree in Accounting and Finance. The French Minister of Tourism awarded him the Gold Medal of Tourism.
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Originally from Viet Nam, Anna immigrated to the United States at a young age and grew up in Houston, Texas. She began her travel career 14 years ago when she started as a retail agent specializing in travel to Asia. Anna joined Tahiti Legends in January 2000 and was named Manager of Marketing and Operations in 2002. She was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2007 and then became Vice President of Tahiti Legends in 2009. She is responsible for much of the company’s product development, sales and marketing efforts, as well as administration and operations. "When I started my travel career, I was actually studying to attend law school. After I organized my first successful escorted group, I saw lasting relationships form and witnessed many positive interactions with my clients and suppliers. I quickly became hooked on the exciting dynamics of the travel industry and I've never looked back."
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Aude Richard is a French native who graduated with a Masters degree in the hospitality industry. After traveling to many different countries, Aude fulfilled her childhood dream of visiting one of the most beautiful places in the world – French Polynesia. "After working for three years in Bora Bora at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, I decided to bring my passion for the islands to the United States. In addition to being a heavenly place, French Polynesia is a world of timeless culture and traditional values. I would be pleased to help you discover this little corner of paradise and share my experiences with you."
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Air & Operations Manager
With over 17 years of travel industry experience, Boun has had the pleasure of visiting various parts of the South Pacific many times. Tahiti's culture and natural beauty is what has kept her returning all these years. "My favorite island is Moorea because there are so many activities to choose from. I recently traveled to the island for a family vacation and we were fortunate enough to experience a lagoon cruise, a dolphin encounter, shark and ray feeding, a motu picnic, a Circle Island Tour and an ATV Tour. These excursions have become memories that we will never forget."
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Camille's career selling Tahiti and the South Pacific has spanned over 35 years, bringing her to these exotic islands more than 100 times. Her dedication, rich knowledge, quality customer service and enormous passion for the destination are all key ingredients to planning a memorable experience. "The islands of the South Pacific are like my second home. I visit them frequently to keep up with the local culture and the unique characteristics of each hotel, cruise, restaurant, excursion and activity. This commitment is essential so I can share with my clients a unique and personalized itinerary that will best meet their needs."
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Chris has been selling Tahiti for almost 20 years. As the first member of the
Tahiti Legends sales team, she brings not only her professional experience, but also
her love for the destination. “I have been very blessed to travel to this paradise many times and I make it a point to go twice a year now. The Tahitian friends I have made are like family to me and they have taught me the true Polynesian custom of kindness and hospitality. This warmth can be experienced throughout French Polynesia amidst one of the world’s most beautiful settings. It would be my pleasure to share these experiences with you and to help you plan your dream vacation to these magical islands.”
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A New Zealand native, Heather has over 20 years of experience traveling and arranging personalized vacations to the South Pacific – Tahiti, Fiji, the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia. "I have sailed the world and I have traveled extensively, but my greatest loves are the lands of the South Pacific. I consider myself fortunate to be in a position where I can still visit these areas on a regular basis. I take great pleasure in sharing my excitement for these destinations with others and helping them plan memorable vacations to this idyllic part of the world."
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Lisa began her extensive career in the travel industry as a South Pacific wholesaler in 1988. In the intervening 22 years, she has traveled to the South Pacific over 20 times and has developed a rich knowledge of Fiji, New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Tahiti. "When I was nine years old, I spent two years traveling through Europe with my parents in a 1968 VW van and I'll never forget it. I trace my love of travel back to that experience. Now, I share this love of adventure with my two teenage daughters and I'm also happy to share it with my clients."
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Marisa started selling the islands as a retail agent and quickly attained recognition by becoming both a Tiare specialist for Tahiti and a Maitai specialist for Fiji. An avid traveler who has been around the world, Marisa has visited Tahiti and the South Pacific numerous times and is passionate about the islands and their culture. "I love to travel and stay active with various outdoor activities such as hiking and bike riding. What is so amazing about Tahiti is that it offers the perfect balance of activity with rest and relaxation."
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With over 19 years of experience selling Tahiti and the South Pacific, Noy has traveled many times to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia. She takes great pride in arranging vacations for her clients that she would be more than happy to take herself. "Tahiti is what I always imagined the South Seas to be. Its pristine lagoon is filled with coral reefs that are abundant with colorful marine life. My all-time favorite thing to do in Tahiti is really quite simple: Enjoy the peace and quiet. There is nothing like listening to the waves and feeling the cool breeze from the balcony of your overwater bungalow."
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Alan began his travel career working for an airline in 2010, but he has spent a lifetime traveling the world. Originally born in Taiwan and raised in California, he has traveled through Asia, Europe and the South Pacific. He also lived in Taipei, Oahu, and Maui, and spent a year in Paris while attending college. Alan graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a BA in French and Communications. “I’m passionate about different cultures, languages and cuisines. What I love about Tahiti is the Polynesian spirit. It’s paradise. With the warm ocean breeze and the scent of the Tiare flower in the air, you feel relaxed the second you step off the plane – and that alone is enough to keep me coming back.”
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Carol began her travel career in 1987 selling vacations to the South Pacific with an emphasis on Tahiti. Her scope of destinations later included Asia and Europe. With over 24 years of experience, Carol now works in quality control and issuing final documentation for our clients' vacations. "Every place I've traveled has offered me a different experience and a desire to return to learn more about its people and culture."
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Special Accounts Manager
With a dual French-American nationality, Angela has spent a lifetime traveling the world. While she has always been closely associated with the islands of Tahiti, she also speaks Arabic and has a deep-rooted passion for the Middle East. Therefore, Angela serves as the product manager for the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions. She specializes in travel to Dubai and is actively working to grow the Maldives. "I'm thrilled to be promoting the Middle East in conjunction with the sophisticated islands of the Maldives on behalf of Tahiti Legends."
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Inspired by her first visit to Tahiti, Inga loves to learn everything there is to know about the South Pacific and is happy to share what she knows with others. "My first visit to Tahiti was with my husband, and from day one I knew that I was hooked. The beauty of arriving in Bora Bora via plane is something that neither one of us will ever forget."
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Jennifer's love for Tahiti began over 6 years ago when she started working at Tahiti Legends. Since then, she has traveled to Tahiti several times and even spent her honeymoon on Moorea in 2010. Jennifer is eager to share her experiences and her insight of the islands with you. She serves as our receptionist while also coordinating Tahiti Legends' online presence, connecting with all of our clients through social media. "The last time I was in Rangiroa, my group did a drift snorkel where we held hands and drifted with the current through three different passes. We saw so many huge fish, sea turtles and lemon sharks!"
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Judy began her career in travel when she first started selling tours to the South Pacific in 1981. Her passion for travel has been a constant throughout the years. She has visited Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Bangkok and various parts of Europe. "I particularly love the diversity of natural beauty and culture that can be seen throughout the many islands of South Pacific."
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Ricki Roberts has over 30 years of experience in the travel industry and has been with Tahiti Legends for 10 years. "I love the South Pacific and I always travel there whenever I get the chance. Tahiti truly has something for everyone – picture-perfect scenery, friendly locals with a rich culture and deep-rooted traditions, exciting activities, and beautiful resorts that offer the very best setting for serenity and relaxation."