Re­union Is­land: Trop­i­cal In­cen­tive with a French Touch

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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