Vanilla Islands’ founder member Reunion Island, a French region deep in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius, is clearly on a roll, capitalizing on increased visibility and positive publicity generated as a destination with no problems. Reunion Island Tourism (IRT) is presently working the French-speaking regions of Belgium and Switzerland, besides continuing an ongoing campaign in France itself, with a special message that flights to St. Denis’ Roland Garros International Airport are now as low as they come with home carrier Air Austral taking the lead.
After the traditional European school holidays are now over, demand normally drops, but special offers on air fares as well as for accommodation for the month of September will no doubt stimulate more demand for trips to the island. Reunion Island is unique in as far as the island’s tourism products go, with the conventional beach holidays complemented by a wide range of adventure activities, offering visitors seeking an active holiday exactly the right mix. In particular, the well-marked trails into and across the interior of the island are in growing demand, as are such activities like white-water rafting, paragliding, apart from deep sea fishing, whale and dolphin watching, or getting intimate knowledge how vanilla is grown and processed, or how rum is made from the sugar cane to the tasty beverage coming out of a bottle. The island offers a unique blend between French infrastructure and organization, and the Creole culture, history, and cuisine, making the idea of a holiday there almost irresistible.
Current offers by various airlines can be accessed here: http://www.reunion.fr/index.php?id=5929
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