A funny thing about Reunion island in the Indian Ocean is that it is completely surrounded by water, but it is known more for hiking and adventure tourism. This video will show you a bit about the topography so you can see why!

Trace TV is presently shooting a series of six sequels, all dedicated to the amazing variety of how one can keep fit when visiting Reunion Island.

The six episodes are moderated and presented by well-known Edmee Cherdieu d’Alexis who spent two weeks on the island as part of the filming which will end in a gala on Sunday, June 14.

Themes covered range from Zumba to Segway driving, to horseback riding and paragliding, and from canyoning to mountain biking. Part of the team introduced will be two of Reunion Island’s tourism ambassadors, Audrey Dardenne and Stephanie Thazar, who will no doubt get the crowds out on Sunday for the final gala farewell session which will also be filmed.

The Trace TV channel is screened on Reunion Island and also in over 140 countries, while Trace Sports TV reaches some 163 countries around the world through syndicated broadcasts.

The Fitness Island program will hit the screens from October onwards, no doubt giving Reunion Island tourism a major boost for the adventure niche market.

Source: Reunion Island Tourism (IRT)

Tourists and journalists currently on Reunion Island could be considered the luckiest travelers in the world. Not only are they witnessing the an answer to the biggest mystery in modern aviation (MH 371), but Saturday morning 9.50 am local time a fantastic scene unfolded after Piton de la Fournaise erupted.

Tourists are lucky. Yes, it’s safe for tourists. Visitors should get ready to see something that is like a once in a life dream. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook already is having its own eruption with tourists and locals posting some of the most amazing photos. Tourists visiting this piece of paradise have a lot more than tropical beaches to write home about.

Reunion volcano, Piton de la Fournaise is known worldwide for its high activity. The volcano erupted for the third time in 2015.
It is also one of the most studied volcanoes in the world, monitored closely by the international scientific community.

The Piton de la Fournaise is indeed one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is possible to observe volcanic activeties safely by following the instructions issued by the Prefecture and the gendarmerie.

It is safe to view, but local authorities are setting some ground rules and view points. Luckily the best position to watch is the Reunion National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Reunion tourism board is explaining to eTN how to get to the view points?

A spokesperson for the tourism board said: “The eruption is visible from the parking area Pas de Bellecombe, but the closest point of view is at the Piton Partage.

Allow about two km walk from Pas de Bellecombe, 30 to 45 minutes to access the perspective.

The National Gendarmerie and the National Forestry Office (ONF) is responsible for ensuring the implementation of these security measures on the site.”

Where on Earth is Reunion Island?

Cyrille Barrieu, marketing and communication manager of the Reunion Island Tourism Board explains it.

“Reunion Island is a French overseas department. It is a small island in the southern Indian Ocean, just off the east coast of Madagascar and only 45 minutes from Mauritius by air. One can fly direct from Paris, Marseille, Bangkok, Mauritius, the Seychelles, Rodrigues, the Comores, Madagascar or Johannesburg.

La Reunion is also not just a typical island destination, offering more than just rest and relaxation – Reunions inhabitants hail from ten different countries and the native Creole culture is blossoming on the island, it is an outdoor and adventure mecca, boasts a plethora of land-living and marine wildlife, and the creative and artisanal offerings are out of this world.

From lunar landscapes to clear blue lagoons and lush tropical forests, French-Indian Ocean Island Réunion is the ultimate travel and tourism destination.

OLDER STORY

The administration of Reunion Island has given advance notice that another eruption of the famous Piton de la Fournaisse may be imminent and if so, visitors to the island will be able to enjoy a unique spectacle, that of a volcano eruption but from a safe distance and with nothing to worry about except getting the camera settings right.

VIEW VIDEO BY BEA BRODA

ABOUT REUNION ISLAND VOLCANOES

In recent days, the Piton de la Fournaise has been subject to close observation, and over the past 24 hours, the OVPF has recorded not only an increase in the number of earthquakes but also of increasing intensity and a persistent deformation at the summit of the volcano. According to the prefecture of La Réunion, an eruption is, therefore, likely to take place in the near future.Visitors to Reunion Island can expect another fiery spectacle

Image via www.reunion.fr

Under these circumstances, the Prefect of Reunion decided to implement alert phase 1 which suggests a probable eruption on April 29, 2015 starting at 6 pm. Public access to the upper part of the enclosure of the Piton de la Fournaise, either from the path of Pas de Bellecombe or from any other path, and the helicopter landing on the rim of the crater, are now prohibited until further notice. The National Gendarmerie and the National Forestry Office (ONF) are the responsible organizations to ensure the implementation of these security measures at the site.

This volcano, which appears on the list of the most active in the world, is one of the most studied and monitored by the international scientific community and the volcano observatory of Reunion Island. Walking on the slopes of this sulfuric fire-breathing “dragon” is an essential activity for visitors to the island, and adventurers in search of intense adrenalin-raising adventures should do not hesitate to consult the specialist tour operator on the island for suggestions on the volcanic theme. Those on the island at the right time may be lucky enough to watch the fountains and glowing lava flowing down the slopes of this basaltic volcano as it spits fire and flame. And should it even happen that the lava rivers meet the Indian Ocean after crossing the road, this is considered the ultimate spectacle one can think of when visiting Reunion Island as the waters of the Indian Ocean are caused to boil and evaporate from the intense heat when the two elements meet.

Source: Reunion Island Tourism (IRT)

By Bea Broda

The first thing I told my friends after returning from two trips to the Azores, a gorgeous group of islands that belongs to Portugal, I told them,

“Better go and visit now, because they are so unspoiled and untouched, and that can’t possibly last!”

Here is my video clip about many of the islands of the Azores:

I also knew that they had many initiatives in place to ensure that their little paradise would never get over-run with some of the more negative aspects that popular tourism can bring with it. That’s why I was so please d to see this following story about the Azores leading the pack in terms of being a “green” destination.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Review by QualityCoast has named the Azores the leading green destination in Europe, awarding the Portuguese island chain a score of 8.9 out of 10. The Azores are on the organization’s list of the 100 Most Sustainable Destinations of the World.

In 2014, the Azores earned the QualityCoast Platinum Destination award, created to recognize quality standards related to marine life, nature and coastal areas as well as identity, culture, and society, all which affect the experience of tourists visiting the region.

The Azores are considered among the best sustainable destinations in the world for reasons including the following:

• Just 5% of the island chain’s land is occupied by buildings

• The Azores are protected by regional law against the cultivation of GMOs

• Currently, 28% of energy produced in the Azores comes from renewable sources; that number is expected to reach 75% in 2018

• The Azores include two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the City of Angra do Heroismo on Terceira, and the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture

• Graciosa, Flores, and Corvo are Biosphere Reserves, which certifies the conservation of the natural world, the balance in the relationship between the population and the surrounding environment, and demands the creation of logistical conditions for the development of activities that promote good environmental practices and scientific research

• Focus on geotourism promotes and protects the geological heritage of the volcanic islands

• Focus on ecotourism, including activities like whale watching and hiking, promotes education and awareness among locals and visitors alike

The Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 list, launched at the end of 2014 for the first time, aims to celebrate the management efforts of the most sustainable destinations on Earth. The list is the result of open calls in social media followed by evaluation and selection by 30 international tourism sustainability experts.

“The Global Top 100 aims to recognize tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously,” said Albert Salman program director.

 

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by Bea Broda

I am personally excited to be attending Carnival in Victoria, Seychelles this year, because I was at the very first one, and now I will be attending the fifth! It has grown so much over the years, but there are a few things that are absolutely constant. Performances from Carnival favourites like the ones that come from Brasil and Nottinghill are on that list. Also is the participation of practically everyone that lives on the island of Mahé, the main island of Seychelles where the Carnival takes place. It’s a celebration not only for this country, but for the world, as so many cultures and nationalities are embraced and celebrated with this hugely unique event!

On this page is a video clip I produced from one of my previous visits to the Seychelles amazing Carnival

I am happy to hear that loyal major players are back for Seychelles carnival 2015 and this year they will increase their visibility through the bank of International News Network now confirmed to be covering the event. Major players Brazil, Notting Hill and China will come out more spectacularly to secure a place in the top three ranks in the international delegations category.

VISIT SOME OF THE OTHER ISLANDS

I have been around most of the main island of Mahé, but have also visited gorgeous paradises such as La Digue and Praslin Islands. Here is my video clip that gives you a synopsis of those two islands:

THE CARNIVAL PRESS RELEASE

0CarnivalIn the fourth edition of the carnival, China clinched the best international float accolade.  Notting Hill delegation that had won the best float title every single year since the birth of Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria, in 2011 had to contend with second position.

Cambodia, Indonesia, Germany, South Africa, Spain, Reunion Island have already confirmed their participation, this will not be their first time but they will have their own surprises in store.

More delegations will be confirming their participation  in the upcoming weeks.

For the first time ever, there will be a cultural element marrying with the carnival element.

Quality will reign over quantity in terms of what will be expected of international press flocking down for the 2015 edition of this monumental event.

As popular local artist Joe Samy sings in one of his songs ‘Seychelles will wear its most beautiful dress’ during the weekend of April 24 to 26.  Decorations will hang from trees to signal this upcoming event and the streets will be crammed in every corner with the buzzing crowd that will anxiously await for the floats.

An explosion of colours, a multitude of joyous sounds reflecting different cultures will delight the excited onlookers.  After all, Carnaval International de Victoria is known as the only carnival that brings together the world’s best carnivals and the best cultural groups from the Community of Nations from around the world.

Carnaval International de Victoria  planned 24th -26th April 2015 is about to celebrate its fifth birthday and Seychelles is already in celebration mood.

Photo Caption: Loyal players, China, Nottinghill and Brasil in 2014 Carnival parade