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Reunion and Seychelles step up joint promotion ahead of Air Austral flights

Reunion and Seychelles step up joint promotion ahead of Air Austral flights ( Well ahead of the launch of flights by Reunion`s Air Austral to the Seychelles on June 23 of this year, the two tourism boards, supported by Air Austral and their respective tourism private sectors, have started to promote inter-island travel. The introduction of a Vanilla Islands air pass by Air Austral, with low fares solely available to travelers who fly long-haul with Air Austral to St. Denis, now throws visits to the Seychelles and other Vanilla Islands wide open. This, combined with the launch of direct flights by Air Austral to Mahe in late June, was the perfect background to intensify cooperation.

The first in a planned series of workshops just ended yesterday when two days of intense planning and brainstorming concluded a two-day session in which 10 service providers from the Seychelles participated, which included two leading DMCs, namely Mason`s Travel and Creole Travel Services, besides a number of hotels from Praslin and Mahe.

The cooperation between the two Vanilla Island members, Reunion and Seychelles, focuses in particular on the new and emerging markets in the Far and South East of Asia as Reunion in particular continues to diversify its source markets for tourist visitors. Plans are underway to grant a visa waiver to Chinese tourists to tap into that market to reduce overly relying on the French domestic market – Reunion is one of France`s regions, as is incidentally the island of Mayotte, also a member of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Island organization.

For more information about Reunion visit , , and for details on the Seychelles, visit

PHOTO: Scene from the just-concluded workshop / Photo via

MEDIA CONTACT: Reunion Island Tourism Board, Tel: +33 810 160 000, Fax: +262 262 21 00 21, Web:

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