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Annie Smits
Account Manager, CTC, Tahiti Tiare Specialist

Phone Number: (604) 605-5178

Expertise: Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, New York, London, corporate travel.  Tahiti Tiare Specialist 

Bio: We sometimes call her "travel agent to the stars," because of her celebrity clientele; but really, Annie is our star. She's been with us virtually since the beginning of The Travel Group, and is a big part of the fun atmosphere and high standards of this company. Don't be alarmed at her crazy voicemail messages! A bit of a globetrotter, she has lived abroad in Australia and Greece, but still loves hanging out in her native home, the north shore (Vancouver).

Hobbies:  Movies, photography, skating, swimming (at Whytecliff), entertaining with family & friends, and tracking the career of her talented son.

Travel tips:  Always take out travel insurance.  Pack your suitcase one week before travelling, then remove half of it the day before you leave.  Photocopy all your ID, credit cards, passport, important contact numbers, and leave the info in your suitcase. And finally, I firmly believe that everyone should go to Tahiti at least once in their lifetime - it is heaven on earth!

Photos: Click here for my recent travel photos!


The Tahiti Tiare* Program, is the official destination specialist program of Tahiti Tourisme North America. To become a certified specialist you must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Attend a Tahiti Tourisme Workshop.
  2. Attend an intensive training session conducted by a Tahiti Partner.
  3. Complete a familiarization trip to Tahiti.
  4. Complete four bookings to Tahiti per year.
  5. Take the Tiare study course, and pass the exams.

The program is named after the Tiare Flower of Tahiti.


We are back from our wonderful vacation in beautiful French Polynesian Islands.  And it was wonderful!
I just wanted to thank you for helping us plan our vacation.  I am grateful to you for convincing me to switch our hotel from the Four Seasons to the Hilton.  We really did love that resort.  The staff was helpful, the food was good (I don't know what people complain about on Trip Advisor), and our bungalow was amazing. They upgraded us and  put us in Bungalow 205 - which was right in front of the beach / bar.  We were very happy with that hotel.  The snorkelling was amazing.  I would wake up most mornings at 6 am, sit on the deck and read my book, go for a swim and get husband up for breaky
Moorea Pearl was nice.  I did get to do my lifetime dream of swimming with the dolphins.  LOVED IT! 
Friday we flew to Bora Bora.  And I fell in love.  It was a wonderful vacation, we loved our resort, and we loved everything about it.  We very rarely go back to the same place twice as we both think there are so many wonderful places to see in this world - but we have decided we will go back there. 
Again - thank you so much.
December 22, 2011


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