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2020 IPS Reunion Island Biennial

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Dear Members, 

Early registration for the next Biennial is now open!

From Saturday, May 23rd to Saturday, May 30th 2020, Réunion Island will welcome us for the Biennial. A small French island in the southern hemisphere in the heart of the Indian Ocean, La Réunion is located near Mauritius and the Big island of Madagascar.

The base for this eight-day journey will be the seaside resort of Saint-Gilles Les Bains on the west coast of the island. Each and every day will be dedicated to discovering palm-rich locations such as the Forest of Bélouve, the Tampon Palm Park and the Mare-Longue Forest, not to mention the Piton de la Fournaise and private gardens belonging to palm collectors.

Réunion Island is home to extraordinary palm of the genus Acanthophoenix, Dictyosperma, Hyophorbe and Latania. Organized in partnership with Palmeraie-Union, this event will be an opportunity to explore this exceptional place and its diverse palm flora. 

Pre and post tours include five different trips to Madagascar, a center of biodiversity and famous worldwide for its extraordinary landscapes, fauna and flora, and Mauritius, for a relaxing and exotic holiday. 

https://palms.org/pre-post-tours-of-madagascar/

 

Register until August 26th for early-bird special prices. 

For further information on the Biennial itinerary and pre/post tours, access 

https://palms.org/meeting-travel/next-meeting/

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Kim

Thanks for posting this Len! I looked at the registration page and the early-bird discount isn't mentioned, or I may have missed it. Can you describe the % difference in price for paying in full in the next 6 days vs. later? Or add that to the website? I didn't receive an email notification either, if one was sent to the membership, just happened to see this here.

Beautiful logo for the trip!

Thank you.

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LJG

Posted on IG, FB and Twitter. Posted here. Email blast was sent at around 11 this morning. 

Let me see about getting pricing clearly displayed. Ari is gone, so it might be tomorrow. Also, we are in discussions now to extend early bird a month. 6 days isn’t right to members because of the many delays along the food chain to get the biennial up and running. 

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LJG

Kim, on web page now:

*Early Bird Rate (Available to the first 40 Registrants or to September 30th, whichever comes first):
 
Hotel Lux Twin Share ($2,350)
Hotel Lux Single Occupancy ($3,600)
Hotel Recif Twin Share ($2,000)
Hotel Recif Single Occupancy ($2,750)
 
After Expiration of Early Bird:
Hotel Lux Twin Share ($2,500)
Hotel Lux Single Occupancy ($3,750)
Hotel Recif Twin Share ($2150)
Hotel Recif Single Occupancy ($2,900)

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Kim

Thanks for the added information! :greenthumb:

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Jeff Searle

Looking over everything listed and included ( and what's not included) palm species & including pricey airfares from south Florida......this just knocked the wind out of my sails....

Jeff

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joe_OC

About $6K all-in from California 

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Kim

We are pretty far out -- 9 months -- to be confident in the airfare pricing. This early, prices are always high and may very well trend down 3 to 6 months from now.  At least I hope so... :(

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LJG

Airfare is not cheap for us in US. But as an Aussie IPS buddy said, “now we finally get a cheap location” in reference to their high cost in air travel to Colombia and Miami. 

For those looking into airfare costs, Reunion is a department (state) of France. Flights from Charles De Gaul are international and pricey, from Orlay are 'local" and far cheaper. Another option is fly into Antananarivo Madagascar - which is much less. Short flight over and you can do a pre/post trip in Mad to break it up. 

Thanks for the help again Joe!

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bgl

As has already been pointed out, airfares from the U.S. to Reunion for May 2020 are clearly on the high side. But keep in mind, Reunion is exactly on the other side of the planet from the U.S. West Coast! The obvious choice would seem to be to fly via Europe (specifically Paris) but another option is via Bangkok, and that can actually be considerably less expensive. The following airlines fly to Reunion (RUN):

Air France - lots of flights from both Paris CDG and Paris ORY (Orly). There is no significant difference in price.

French Bee - flights from Paris ORY.

XL Airways - flights from Paris CDG.

Air Austral - flights from Paris CDG and from Bangkok BKK.

Out of the four, Air France clearly has (by far) the most resources (read "planes") and currently has a total of 70 Boeing 777s which are used for the flights to RUN. Air France also has the advantage of being in the SkyTeam alliance (with KLM, Delta Air Lines and others).

French Bee - only three A350s in the fleet (but very competitive prices).

XL Airways - only four A330s in the fleet (with an additional Portuguese one leased in short term for the summer). Again, competitive prices.

Air Austral - three Boeing 777s and two 787 Dreamliners. The only one of the four that's based at RUN. Currently only two flights a week between BKK and RUN.

In many cases it will be most cost effective to book separate flights, whether flying via Paris or Bangkok and in such a scenario, always good to book in (at least) one night stop at the transit airport. And as has also being pointed out, this is nine months out and prices will definitely be very fluid. For instance, as of right now, Air France is showing very competitive prices for next week but all prices for May 2020 are very high. Likely to change. The question is when...

Another option is to look for flights to Mauritius (MRU). It's a very short flight from MRU to RUN.

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LJG

Bo, can I post this on the FB page to inform people of what you said? This is very helpful. I’ll reference you. 

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olivier971

Hello everybody

Waiting impatiently to meet all of you in our beautiful island !

For coming, the easier way i think is by Paris, and when you are in Paris, as you notice, there are 5 companies that have direct flights to Reunion - from Paris CDG or ORLY - (because of a lot of connections, as Reunion is a french territory). All those 5 companies are good ones with new planes and good standards so you can easily compare just the prices

If you travel by Paris, the better option is to go directly to Reunion island, the other options (as for example by Madagascar) are not good ones, there will be complicated, long and expensives.

On an international flight (from USA), you will necessary arrive to Paris CDG. So if you would like to take  a direct correspondance, it would be easier for you to leave Paris to Reunion island in the same Airport. If not, you will have to connect the 2 airports, so it could be quite long because you will have to cross Paris (2 hours). But if you will stay a little in Paris, never mind, you can leave Paris to Reunion whether from CDG or ORLY. 

Another options could be to come by London and Mauritius (correspondances Mauritius - Reunion are often and easy), but not sure it's easier because of one more correspondence, and less flights London - Mauritius than Paris - Reunion.

I don't know if it would be possible to come from USA west coast by the pacific way (i think it may be longer), but you have to notice that there are direct flights to Reunion from Bangkok and to Mauritius from Singapore.

An other advice, you'd better decide if you register a pre or post tour before booking your flights, because if you do it, you could whether go to Reunion and from Reunion go to the tour you choose (Madagascar or Mauritius), that is probably easier for going to Madagascar (Madagascar is probably easier to go from Reunion island than to go directly), but you can also go directly to the tour you choose (particulary if it's Mauritius) and then to Reunion (or the opposite for a post tour). If you book a pre or post tour, our local travel agency (Bourbon Voyage) could help you if you want,  to book your regional flights. Be careful for example than the different options of pre or post-tour in Madagascar are not necessary on the same airport arrival in Madagascar.

Don't hesitate if you have other questions. Maybe Palmtalk is the easier way to inform you of the different options, better than to inform each participant directly.

See you soon.

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12 hours ago, LJG said:

Bo, can I post this on the FB page to inform people of what you said? This is very helpful. I’ll reference you. 

Sure Len, perfectly OK so you're welcome to do that. A few additional comments:

French Bee and XL Airways both operate their aircraft in a high-density configuration. Example: XL Airways A330-300s have 408 seats (as a comparison, Air France has 224 in theirs...). French Bee has 411 seats in their A350s. (Another A350 operator, Thai Airways, has 321 in theirs). In other words, tight quarters for the relatively long Paris to Reunion flight. Air France and Air Austral would be the more comfortable options.

Currently, Air Austral has a price of about US$800 for the Bangkok to Reunion roundtrip.

Another option is via the Seychelles, which some people might be interested in. Unfortunately, there seems to be only one weekly roundtrip (Air Austral) between Mahe (SEZ, Seychelles) and RUN. Probably more connections via MRU.

Bo-Göran

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Cindy Adair

 The Chair of the IPS Committee tasked with publicity has asked me to post the following.

Note that the registration discount has been extended through September 30.

 I found some decent flight prices searching Miami to Paris and then separately Paris to Réunion, but plenty of time to decide and will mentally use my early sign up discount towards transportation.

 Don't miss this trip!

 

Dear Members,

Early registration for the next Biennial is now open!

From Saturday, May 23rd to Saturday, May 30th 2020, Réunion Island will welcome us for the Biennial. A small French island in the southern hemisphere in the heart of the Indian Ocean, La Réunion is located near Mauritius and the Big island of Madagascar.

The base for this eight-day journey will be the seaside resort of Saint-Gilles Les Bains on the west coast of the island. Each and every day will be dedicated to discovering palm-rich locations such as the Forest of Bélouve, the Tampon Palm Park and the Mare-Longue Forest, not to mention the Piton de la Fournaise and private gardens belonging to palm collectors.

Réunion Island is home to extraordinary palm of the genus Acanthophoenix, Dictyosperma, Hyophorbe and Latania. Organized in partnership with Palmeraie-Union, this event will be an opportunity to explore this exceptional place and its diverse palm flora.

Pre and post tours include five different trips to Madagascar, a center of biodiversity and famous worldwide for its extraordinary landscapes, fauna and flora, and Mauritius, for a relaxing and exotic holiday.

Register until September 30th for early-bird special prices.
For further information on the Biennial itinerary and pre/post tours, access

www.palms.org

and click on “Meetings & Travel”

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SW_FL_Palms

Olivier,

Would you be so kind as to tell us what to expect weather-wise.    This will  help in deciding what to pack.   Many of us are from the northern hemisphere so are seasons are the opposite.

 

 

 

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Cindy Adair

Tuesday October 8th  

2020 Biennial in La Réunion: palms and more!

On your free day during the Biennial week, you will have the choice between staying at the hotel and enjoying well-deserved relaxation by the pool or at the beach, exploring markets, shopping, or choosing from many opportunities for optional sightseeing and activities that will be offered. Please book these with your biennial registration: Lava flows excursion, Canoe/Rafting, Volcan Piton de la Fournaise tour, Salazie excursion, Diving Experience, visit Private Gardens of members of Palmeraie -Union, Helicopter tour of the island.  Refer to the Optional Free-Day Tours.

For further information, visit https://palms.org/optional-tours/

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Cindy Adair

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La Réunion: The Wild South


On this last day of your visit, we head to the wild south of the island. The south is the region of the island where large plantations of red palmists (Acanthophoenix rubra) are cultivated. We shall tour a red palmist plantation in a breathtaking landscape between sea and mountains. 
For lunch, we shall enjoy a menu based on hearts of palms. We shall sample the Reunion palmists as well as other palms grown for consumption: Roystonea palms and the pejibaye (Bactris gasipaes).  

Information and registration: https://palms.org/meeting-travel/next-meeting/

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Cindy Adair

Getting to La Réunion

La Réunion is an overseas department of France. Flights from Paris Orly Airport are considered domestic and ticketed as such.

Consider a stop-over in Paris before joining the IPS for the 2020 Biennial in La Réunion!

Register until November 22nd to guarantee prices and availability. 

https://palms.org/meeting-travel/next-meeting/

 

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Photo by L. Priegues

 

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Cindy Adair

  Madagascar: South Coast Pre-Tour

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The forest of Sainte Luce, north of Fort Dauphin, is well known for giving its name to a very beautiful and colourful palm, Dypsis saintelucei. This reserve, managed by an NGO,is a small corner of paradise, located on a wild peninsula between fantastic beaches as far as the eye can see and lush forest. It is home to many species of lemurs, endemic birds and reptiles, as well as a very interesting flora typical of pandanus coastal forests, including many species of understory palms.

 

 To join this incredible trip, visit https://palms.org/pre-post-tours-of-madagascar/

 Register until November 22nd to guarantee prices and availability.

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Cindy Adair

Winter in La Réunion – the drycool season - runs from May to October, when temperatures vary between 28°C and 19°C (82°F and 66°F). However, showers may occur even in the drier months, so don’t forget to pack a raincoat.  

 Perfect weather to visit this small and beautiful paradise in the Indian Ocean.

 Register before November 22nd to guarantee prices and availability.

https://palms.org/meeting-travel/next-meeting/

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      Photo courtesy of Bourbon             Tourisme – Ile da La Réunion

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Cindy Adair

To enter La Réunion, a passport valid for at least three months beyond the last day of stay and a return ticket are required for citizens of the UK, Australia, Canada, and USA for tourist visits up to three months. No need for a visa! 

Please check with your embassy to make sure!

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Photo courtesy of Bourbon Tourisme – Ile da La Réunion

 

Register before November 25th to guarantee prices and availability.

 

https://palms.org/meeting-travel/next-meeting/

 

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Cindy Adair

Starting to research flights. I am far from a travel agent,  but do like to go beyond the usual search options and often get cheaper and better choices.

I see round trip, one stop flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Paris for the dates of the Biennial for $492.

I also see a round trip on Delta from Ft. Lauderdale vía Johannesburg South Africa to Mauritius for $862.

Many ways to fly from Puerto Rico to Ft. Lauderdale and could be fun to meet up with fellow IPS travelers coming from FL.

This option includes  a 16 hour layover in Johannesburg to rest and possibly fewer hours flying as it seems a shorter route looking at my globe.

Timing is good for a good night’s sleep after dinner at the nice place I stayed en route to Madagascar which provided free airport transfers. And time for breakfast before the next day’s flight.

Today I see three different 45 minute nonstop flights daily for about $300 round trip between Reunion and Mauritius.

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Cindy Adair

Join the IPS in conserving palms and travel to La Réunion!

The International Palm Society fully supports the conservation of palm biodiversity and indigenous knowledge. The IPS-sponsored Biennial tours are important fundraising events that help the IPS further education and research-based conservation. 

 Register today! Last opportunity to guarantee advertised price! 

https://palms.org/meeting-travel/next-meeting/

The main airline to serve La Réunion is Air France from Paris. 

Alternatively, why not include a layover in South Africa?

Delta and South African Airways fly direct from the USA to Johannesburg where you can take a connecting flight to La Réunion with Air Austral.

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