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President, Tahiti Legends
Alain Bernard has been involved in promoting travel to French Polynesia for over 30 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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Director, Administration & Product
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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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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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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Sales and Marketing
Trisha is a recent MBA graduate who is very passionate about marketing, particularly in the travel and hospitality industries. Her favorite aspect of marketing is building a relationship between a brand and its consumers, which she has done previously in the hospitality, non-profit, and marketing agency industries. Trisha is a southern California native and is an avid traveler herself. "If given the choice, I will typically choose to visit a tropical locale. Fiji and Tahiti are two of my favorite vacation spots and I am excited to share the stories behind these wonderful places with an ever increasing audience. I believe that everyone should travel, and that everyone should take the time to visit these places at least once in their life."
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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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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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Vanessa was raised in the Philippines and spent much of her childhood traveling between the different Philippine Islands. The time that she spent exploring the islands as a child inspired her to see more of the world as an adult. Her trips throughout the years to far-flung places has allowed her to get to know different cultures and capture magical experiences. Upon moving to the United States, she began her career in the travel industry, customizing trips to Southeast Asia, Japan, China, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. Vanessa knew she had found her calling and has continued in this industry since then. "I do love to travel in general, but I have a special affinity for island destinations with gorgeous beaches and abundant marine life. The memories and experiences you leave with are unrivaled."
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Cathy started her travel career working in Australia and has since then continued her career path in this industry spanning three continents - Australia, Europe, and now the United States. Throughout the years she has been fortunate enough to travel to Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, Dubai, the Maldives, and of course, the South Pacific. Cathy is extremely dedicated to helping clients experience the best that the islands - specifically Tahiti, Fiji, the Cook Islands, and the Maldives - have to offer. "The island destinations offered by Tahiti Legends are all very special and offer a unique experience to every traveler. The islands have a way of touching your soul, whether it is the unbelievably clear waters, the amazing foods, the wonderful people that you meet, or the activities... everything gives you a true appreciation of your surroundings. It impossible to leave without wishing to return."
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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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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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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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ELS HOSTYN-VON HERZEN
Els is a Belgian native and speaks five different languages. She caught the travel bug early on vacationing in the South of France with her family during the summers of her childhood. She started working in the travel industry right after college as a local representative for a European tour operator and was fortunate enough to be sent to the Maldives, Mauritius, Kenya, and Mexico, among other destinations. This only fueled her passion for this industry and she has continued her career path in the travel and tourism sector since then. "Some of the best memories are created working abroad or traveling with family members or friends. Travel is a learning experience that opens your mind to different cultures, values, and ways of life."
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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."