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Reunion Island vibrates to the rhythm of Sakifo festival!

Reunion Island vibrates to the rhythm of Sakifo festival! ( The 2013 edition of the holiday festival Sakifo will rendezvous on Reunion Island, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary. For the occasion, the organizers have planned an outstanding musical program reflecting the colors of the world and the Indian Ocean. The event will be held in Saint-Pierre, a city renowned for its lively waterfront and nightlife. The festival will explore the nature of traditional music and culture of Reunion Island while enjoying a sunny holidays, with one’s feet in the water!

Sakifo in Creole means, “this is what you need!" This festival of world music, along with the diversity and quality of its programming, is the festival which allowed Reunion to rise among the ranks of major international events. Sakifo shows the strength of Reunion through the meeting of different musical universes that unfold for 3 days at St. Peter's oceanfront.

The 2013 edition brings together artists such as Salif Keita, Selah Sue, and Oxmo Puccino. The Sakifo is also a springboard for the new Reunion Island scene which features future stars of music world music, such as Alain Peters, a promising and upcoming artist.

For more information on the 2013 program, visit .


- Serving: Brussels/Paris, about 1 hour with Brussels Airlines and 1 hour&20 minutes by Thalys train to Paris
Three airlines from Paris: Air Austral, Air France, and Corsair

• Time difference between Belgium and Reunion: + 3 hours in winter, + 2 hours in summer (GMT + 4).


Several categories of accommodation, from villas to the 5-star luxury hotels are available on Reunion Island.


“The Reunion Island Tourism" (IRT) is the Regional Tourism Committee Meeting (CRT). Tourism, one of the major strengths of Reunion Island and is an important economic issue. To promote these worthy of a continent’s assets, the Regional Council has established a Sustainable Development Plan and Solidarity. Main objectives are: to welcome one million tourists in 2020 and double the turnover of the sector. Also, to achieve these objectives, the IRT has an active and concerted tourism policy. Its means of action to anticipate and respond to travelers: developing brand quality of the destination as “guardian" of the National Label QT (Quality Tourism), valuing the plurality of its tourism, and building on innovation, including the creation and deposit the INPI label “Innovation" for the development of innovative tourism products in line with the new demands of an international clientele. Concrete illustrations include: creation of a Regional Tourism Observatory for professionals, obtaining price “Travel d'Or" for the best iPad app to discover Reunion through a 360-degree launch in 2011, the first trophy for “imagine the innovative tourism project Reunion 2030."

For more information, visit:

MEDIA CONTACT: Pascal Viroleau, Director, Ile de la Reunion Tourisme (IRT), Tel: +33 810 160 000, Fax: +262 262 21 00 21, Email: , Web:

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