Mexico and Burkina Faso official hosts of World Tourism Day 2014 and 2015

Peaks_of_Fabedougou_in_Burkina_FasoMexico was selected to be the official host country for World Tourism Day (WTD) 2014 and Burkina Faso for WTD 2015. The respective themes will be “Tourism and Community Development” for 2014, and “One billion tourists, one billion opportunities” for 2015. The announcement was made at the 20th UNWTO General Assembly (Victoria Falls, August 29).

Celebrated annually on September 27, World Tourism Day is the biggest international event in tourism. Its purpose is to foster awareness among the global community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address the global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and highlight the tourism sector´s contribution to achieving these goals.

WTD 2013 will be held at the Maldives, centered on the theme “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future,” highlighting the tourism sector´s leadership role and contribution in facing the global water challenge.

Advertisements

Reunion voted world’s most beautiful island

Reunion monde_exotismeReunion Island was voted “the world’s most beautiful island” by the community travel website wayn.com. Reunion Island came ahead of the Seychelles, Bali, Hawaii, Ibiza, the Bahamas, and Zanzibar with 13,975 votes.

Sometimes described as a “mini Hawaii,” Reunion Island is located in the Indian Ocean. Although it is not as well-known as some of its neighbors, including the Seychelles and Madagascar, it is a truly stunning and undiscovered gem. Reunion boasts one thousand kilometers of hiking trails, with an astonishing variety of landscapes for such a small island. If nature and adventure activities are your favorite things, then Reunion has it covered!

 

Reunion BeachReunion island proposes an infinite variety of landscapes on 2500km² : white sand beaches, sun, sea and lagoon, wonderful mountains, white water activities, waterfalls, forests, volcano…  To feel Reunion Island, let it surprise you, enjoy the beauty of its landscapes and share unforgettable moments…Reunion invites you to be amazed by the discovery of its treasures! What to do on the island? On earth, in water or in the air… one can discover all the activities, distractions and theme parks.

By the early decades of settlement of the island, the people, from different backgrounds, had to invent a language to communicate. The base was then French, spoken by the colonist. Practiced daily by the large majority of the population, Reunion Creole is still evolving. It is however understood by the French newcomer … provided you listen well!