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Director of Incentive and Cruise Sales, Air Tahiti Nui

Q & A with Air Tahiti Nui


This year, we had the chance to sit down with Michael Shapiro, Director of Incentive & Cruise Sales with Air Tahiti Nui, to ask him a few questions!

SITE SoCal: Why do you support the SITE SoCal Holiday Event?
Michael Shapiro: Air Tahiti Nui has supported the SITE SoCal Holiday Event for many years. It is one of the best and most fun events of the year! We appreciate SITE SoCal for their support of our airline and destination.

SITE SoCal: Industry Tips (“how-tos” are always a big hit!)
Michael Shapiro: Let’s see… an industry tip. Many times Tuesday night, at midnight, is the best hour to book airline travel for the best rates.

SITE SoCal: Do you have any creative ideas for those of us in the incentive travel, meetings, and/or events industry?
Michael Shapiro: A great time to go to Tahiti is in July during the Heiva Festival. Thousands of dancers compete in Papeete, Bora Bora and all the island, for the prize of best dance troupe and best male & female dancers. It’s thrilling, exciting, and one is completely immersed in the tropical culture.

Air Tahiti Nui female dancers

SITE SoCal: What are some neat things to do or see in your city?
Michael Shapiro: In Paris, a few days a week, Maxim’s has a hidden and remarkable private museum, the 1900 Collection, showcasing the upper floors with the collections of unique and famous treasured pieces by owner, Pierre Cardin.

If you love The Phantom of the Opera, you will love the Opera Garnier After Hours tour of the most famous Opera House.

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Your Next Site Inspection in French Polynesia


As Director of Incentive and Cruise Sales, I am proud to say that the SITE organization has given a great deal to us in terms of important contacts and friendships over the years. SITE Southern California has been a strong ally in helping get the Air Tahiti Nui name out to the industry, by way of branding recognition, since SITE’s beginning.

And the Holiday Event is one of the most important industry events of the year! This event brings our industry together in an important way while giving back to local grassroots charities. We are honored to donate to this important cause.

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