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More good news from Reunion Island as 2014 comes to an end

More good news from Reunion Island as 2014 comes to an end (Forimmediaterelease.net) Reunion Island is clearly trending as a destination, and the forecast for 2015 is no different. SkyScanner.com has “tested” the markets and used data compiled since 2013, and a trip to Reunion Island is ranking as number 7 of the dream destinations according to the survey which was published in November and came up with these top 10:

1. Panama
2. Nicaragua
3. Colombo (Sri Lanka)
4. Brazil
5. Burma
6. Siem Reap (Cambodia)
7. Reunion Island
8. Iceland
9. New Caledonia
10. Seoul (Korea)

Reunion Island trends as 7th among the top ten and is perceived today as one of the places of the planet's most wanted in 2015, thanks to major tourist attractions across the entire island which helped to make a name for the island as an adventure and extreme outdoor sports destination, besides the more conventional beach holidays and associated ocean activities like whale and dolphin watching. Information compiled by SkyScanner.com included:

• research information made by the French to Reunion increased 26% compared to 2013,

• the many ecological environmental projects make Reunion Island “one of the top destinations in 2015 in the ecotourism sector" (research on tropical biodiversity and reducing carbon emissions by 2030),

• opening new direct flights and a spa chain of hotels, and

• the exemption of visas for visitors from China and India will be the kickoff of an Asian tourist boom.

In a related development, a further 20 applicants have passed the stringent audit to become either new members, 7 to be precise, or renewed their membership, 13 of them, of Reunion Island’s Seal of Quality just before the Christmas and New Year festive season, elevating these service providers into the top ranks of service quality for visitors.

Developed in 1996, the label Reunion Quality Tourism (RQT) has given way to the new label Qualité Tourisme Reunion Island (QTIR) in 2013. Today, 140 members are part of this trademark. These professional members are subject to regular assessments and have signed a quality charter under which they must commit to maintain the highest standards of service.

7 providers were recognized for the first time:

• Villa Delisle (St. Pierre)
• Hotel des Neiges (Cilaos)
• The Boucan-Canot Bed
• Marmite Fisherman (St. Philip)
• Greedy Inn (Saint-Gilles-les-Hauts)
• Air Paragliding Reunion (Saint Leu)
• Tourism Anthurium (Sainte Clotilde)

Thirteen renewal audits relate to providers who had already won awards in the past and have seen their label renewed this year:

• Hotel Boucan Canot
• Blue Margouillat (Saint-Leu)
• Iloha Seaview (Saint-Leu)
• Old Cep (Cilaos)
• Floralys (Etang-Salé)
• Boucan-Canot Bed
• Restaurant Piccolo (Saint-Gilles-les-Bains)
• Félix ULM (Saint Paul)
• Bourbon Paragliding (Saint Leu)
• Kélonia (Saint-Leu)
• Candy Gol (St. Louis)
• Alizoa Travel (Saint-Gilles-les-Bains)
• Connections Reunion (Sainte-Clotilde)

And, of course, the entire tourism fraternity on the island, led by Reunion Island Tourism (IRT), extend their Season’s Greetings to their partners around the world for a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015.

See you on Reunion Island next year!

MEDIA CONTACT: Evelyne Coustillat, Reunion Island Tourism, Phone: +262 (0)262 90 83 69, Fax: +262 (0)262 21 00 21, E.COUSTILLAT@reunion.fr

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