Reunion welcomes first South Korean tour group


(Posted 28th November 2013)

The IRT, aka Reunion Tourism, last Saturday hosted the first ever group of Korean travelers, staying at the Reunion Island from 23rd to 28th November 2013. Since their arrival has the group been every day on the trails of the island to explore the tropical vegetation, volcanic landscapes and other natural attractions of Reunion Island.

DMC ‘21st Parallel’ provided a program tailor-made for the twelve Korean travelers. The Korean visitors have already discovered the beautiful country with a tour of Saint – Denis on the first day before exploring the lush Salazie. Also on the programme for the Korean group was a visit to the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, for a hike through the lunar landscape of this natural site listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Korean travelers spent their last night at a Saint-Gilles resort for an opportunity to discover the beaches of the island.

(Reunion Tourism CEO Pascal Viroleau seen here welcoming the first ever tour group from South Korea)

Korea has been identified by IRT as a source market with high potential where Reunion Tourism intends to promote the destination and its wide range of attractions, offering beaches, mountains, trails and tours through the often picture perfect countryside. Reunion, part of the recently launched Vanilla Island Organization, has in recent months made special efforts to widen its visitor base after relying in the past almost exclusively on the French domestic market. Visa waivers were put into place for South Africa and similar arrangements are being prepared for Chinses visitors to the island, to circumnavigate the otherwise much more stringent Visa conditions for non EU visitors to France. Towards that end has Reunion Tourism worked closely with the Seychelles where it will next April for the fourth time attend the Carnival International de Victoria with an official delegation, using the media exposure this Vanilla Island event generates to position itself as a unique Indian Ocean island destination in its own right. For more details check about visits to this French Indian Ocean Island with its unique blend of European infrastructure and Creole culture.

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