Reunion Island Tourism was recognized as the best exhibitor in the small stand category during the just concluded Beeld Holiday Show in Johannesburg, where the Reunion Island Tourism Board (IRT) promoted holidays to the island together with home carrier Air Austral.
The island has become hugely popular among South Africans who now no longer need a visa to fly to St. Denis, after a special visa waiver program was implemented for holders of South African nationality. Many, according to a source at IRT, come to the French Indian Ocean island for short getaways to enjoy the beaches, although more and more are coming to enjoy the wide range of adventure activities now available for tourists. From whitewater rafting to abseiling over massive rock faces in the interior of the island, from paragliding to mountain biking and to hikes around one of the world’s most active volcanoes, from watching whales and dolphins to diving the pristine waters around the island, there is little which cannot be found when crisscrossing the island. Helicopter tours are among the most popular excursions, showing the extent of the island’s rugged interior with deep canyons, steep abysses, and yet lush landscapes intersected by rivers fed from waterfalls gushing down rock faces.
Reunion will also be at the forthcoming ITB in Berlin where, as a member of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Island Organization, it is expected to promote not just their own attractions but also showcase the highlights of its neighbors like Madagascar or fellow French region Mayotte.