Did you know: Osoyoos (BC) gets its name from “Souyoos,” a Syilx’tsn Native word, which describes a narrow waterway. The “O-“ prefix is not indigenous in origin and was attached by settler-promoters wanting to harmonize the name with other O-names in the Okanagan region, including Oliver and American communities of Omak and Oroville.

Annie Smits
Account Manager, 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 had an amazing time, and Bora Bora was more beautiful than we could have imagined. Weather was perfect the whole week- not a drop of rain during the day which made for very vibrant water colors. I think we had a 15 minute shower the first night, but that was it. Nice and windy, so it never felt hot at all. The Hilton was a fantastic resort, and I'm glad you recommended it. We ended up in #105, which had a great view of the main island of Bora Bora. Snorkeling under our bungalow was excellent, with a wide variety of fish. There was also lots of coral in shallow water as you swam towards the pass- lots of smaller fish in this area. We saw an eel and 2 eagle rays pass by right under our bungalow one day.  I think the Hilton had the nicest location. We circled Bora Bora by boat twice, and the other resorts didn't look as private.
My mom enjoyed the trip so much (she says it was the best vacation of her life), she is already thinking of going back. She says the 6 nights passed by too fast. When we go back again, we will definitely include Moorea or another island.
Thanks again for organizing such a wonderful trip!
Edward Chen
April 5, 2011


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