Reunion Island: Tropical Incentive with a French Touch
In the meetings industry, no other destination has such an apt name as Île de la Réunion (The meeting Island). This tropical island is actually one of the French overseas departments and is a popular destination for exotic incentives with European quality guaranteed.
In many ways, Reunion Island resembles Hawaii, except of course for being French and lying in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar. It lies on a volcanic hot spot, which partly explains the wonderful abundance of flora. Throughout the year, Reunion has a tropical climate tempered by the ocean and trade winds with temperatures between 20°C and 30°C.
The possibilities are endless on this natural Indian Ocean Island. From the blue lagoon to the rocky cliff sides, the coastline allows for a lot of water sports and other water related activities: swimming, deep sea diving and fishing or simply lying on the beach and watching the sun go down. Hiking-fans will enjoy exploring the island's mountain range and nature reserves.
Reunion Island has succeeded in preserving this exceptional natural beauty with more than 40% of the island classified as a nature reserve. In fact, the volcanic mountain peaks, ramparts and cirques have received UNESCO World Heritage status. Long before the island became a quality meetings destination, it was already a meeting point for European, African, Indian and Chinese cultures. Thus, events, festivals, architecture, gastronomy and more have evolved into a warm, festive and spicy mix, perhaps best represented by the warm welcome of the Creole inhabitants.
Reunion Island guarantees the same levels of comfort and standard of living as you would expect from a European destination. High level of hygiene and healthcare. No need for any vaccinations, it is malaria free, offers state of the art communication technology, and all this in a completely safe and secure environment.
Reunion Island is visa free for South African passport holders, which is a great advantage for incentives and meetings, and it is only a 4 hour flight from Johannesburg (3 x weekly) on Air Austral.
The hotels on offer in Reunion are as varied in styles and locations as they are alike in their hospitality. They can be found in the charming towns, tourist hotspots or in coastal pleasure centres. Private tennis courts, swimming pools, and other facilities are commonly available. All hotels on the island are up to European standards.
Reunion Island is ideal for incentive and team building.