Published on : Monday, July 28, 2014
Shekhar Niyogi from Kolkata has announced on July 25, 2014 that Sri Lanka would be joining the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Organization by end-2014. The article, following an announcement made last week stated that this would leverage the consortium’s inter-island packages to drive tourism.
The Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organisation was set up in 2010 and includes the islands of Comoros, La Reunion, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mayotte and the Seychelles as member islands.
“The prime objective of the Vanilla Islands Regional Organisation is to position the Indian Ocean region as a quality world-class holiday destination,” said Pascal Viroleau, CEO of the Vanilla islands. “We are promoting inter-island packages and part of the strategy to increase visitor numbers to member destinations is to prepare new products and packages…and to include new members.”
Priority markets for Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands are France, Germany, the UK, Japan, and India. The Regional Organisation has partnered Air Austral for the Vanilla Islands Pass that allows travellers to visit several islands with discounted fares and prices.Kapil Berera, CEO, Astral Travels New Delhi, said: “Most visitors to Sri Lanka would prefer to combine it with another smaller island destination like Maldives.”
Mitesh Dani, managing director, Parul Tours & Travels Mumbai, explained: “Island destinations offer exotic travel options and if more islands join Vanilla Islands, the pool of products that can be offered will be immense.”