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SYNERGY IS CREATION

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DISRUPTING EXPECTATIONS OF THE TRADITIONAL ISLAND INCENTIVE

ISLAND SYNERGY is an owner-managed and operated Collective that curates a synergy between a passionate group of hand-picked partners in the Indian Ocean Islands that offer creative, practical and truly memorable incentives, sustainable meetings and world-class events that surprise and delight qualifiers, while driving business results and improving the bottom line.

With a true passion for travel, hospitality and exploration, coupled with over 21 years’ experience within the Incentive Travel industry, we are equipped to tailor-make experiences in collaboration with a devoted team of spirited partners that will not only tick all the boxes, but offer the right balance of professionalism, commitment and knowledge to take your expectations to the next level.

We understand that every client has different needs in different moments, and that they travel for different reasons. Creating and delivering the exceptional experiences they want most to fulfil those needs is our passion, and the ISLAND SYNERGY portfolio comprises of distinctive brands that are designed to help them make the most of their time by utilising our extensive knowledge, as well as our professional relationships and local resources, to unlock the power of their investment.

This is exemplified through our meticulous approach to ensure that each and every tailor-made experience is not only unforgettable, but also disrupts your expectations of the traditional island incentive. We’re doing this by innovating, thinking outside the box, curating down to the tiniest details, and striving to consistently deliver shining service.

OUR FOOTPRINT

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Our footprint extends to 6 Indian Ocean Islands through a Collective of synergy partners.

MALDIVES

A tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise featuring unrivalled luxury, the Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world. They’re on almost every one of the country’s nearly 1200 islands, and are so consistently perfect with whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water, that it’s hard not to become blasé about them. With some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, the clear waters of the Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety is astonishing, with dazzling coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish. In deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world’s largest fish, the whale shark.

MAURITIUS

Unremittingly beautiful, Mauritius is a fascinating Indian Ocean island paradise, with a hypnotic blend of Indian, African and European influences. Its very name conjures up images of tropical extravagance, famed for cobalt-blue seas, powder-white sandy beaches, a massive coral reef with bountiful marine life and luxury hotels. In Mauritius you are spoilt for choice, with a wide variety of island activities jam-packed with historic sights, distinct cultural diversity and geographic variation. Synonymous with luxury beach breaks, the island will dazzle even the most discerning traveller, but perhaps the country’s biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.

MOZAMBIQUE

Dubbed the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” Mozambique beckons with its 2 500km coastline and swaying palms, its traditions, its cultures, its vibe and its opportunities for adventure. This enigmatic country is well off most travellers’ maps, but it has much to offer those who venture here: long, dune-fringed beaches, turquoise waters abounding in shoals of colourful fish, well-preserved corals, remote archipelagos in the north, pounding surf in the south and graceful dhows with billowing sails. And while the question of where to go often comes down to which beach or island best suits your sandy-toed dream destination, away from the coastline you’ll also find colonial-style architecture, a fascinating cultural mix and vast tracts of bush.

RÉUNION

Jutting out of the ocean like a basaltic shield cloaked in green, the French island of Réunion is a scenically magical destination that enjoys a truly astonishing diversity of landscapes. The island is bursting with awesome mountains, emerald forests, lush, majestic calderas scattered with shimmering waterfalls, soul-stirring panoramas and a sprinkling of peculiar black-sand beaches – not to mention the formidable Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes. With its extraordinarily varied terrain, Réunion is a dream destination for lovers of the outdoors, but it’s not all about nature, landscapes and adrenaline – there are cultural gems as well, including stunning Creole architecture in cute-as-can-be villages.

SEYCHELLES

The Seychelles is a fabled paradise made up of 115 tropical islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. Spellbinding beaches are the main attraction, with exquisite ribbons of sand lapped by turquoise waters and backed by lush hills, palm trees and dramatic boulders. Beyond the beach, diving and snorkelling are brilliant in the warm waters amid abundant marine life, while few places on the planet do ocean-side luxury quite like the Seychelles. Mahé is the largest island and entry point to the country, with glorious Praslin and La Digue a short boat ride away. Even further out, there are real lost-world islands to be found, where more adventurous travellers can have secluded beaches all to themselves.

ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar is a jewel in the ocean, where shoals of luminous fish graze over nearby coral gardens and pods of dolphins frolic offshore. The island’s allure is legendary, and as one of East Africa’s great trading centres, the archipelago has been for centuries a crossroads of culture, a melting pot of influences where Africa, India and Arabia meet. A top attraction is Stone Town, with its whitewashed, coral-rag houses, quaint shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards and squares. The other draw card is of course Zanzibar’s coastline, edged by white-sand beaches and spectacular diving and snorkelling. Although the main island of Unguja feels untouched by the rest of the world, nearby Pemba and Mnemba offer retreats that are even more remote.

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"TRUE EXCELLENCE IS A PRODUCT OF SYNERGY."
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THE COLLECTIVE

Our Collective curates a synergy between a passionate group of hand-picked partners in the Indian Ocean Islands that offer creative, practical and truly memorable incentives, sustainable meetings and world-class events.

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OUR ISLAND EXPERTS

We believe in a diverse range of island experts to bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

Johan Venter
Johan Venter

Johan Venter

The Gingahead Man
Tamarin Transell
Tamarin Transell

Tamarin Transell

Head of Schmoozing
Tara Walker
Tara Walker

Tara Walker

Chief Island Dynamo
Tim Oosthuizen
Tim Oosthuizen

Tim Oosthuizen

First Mate
Vlasta Golubovic
Vlasta Golubovic

Vlasta Golubovic

Island Dynamo
Spider Pig
Spider Pig

Spider Pig

DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER PIG DOES!
Johan Venter

Johan Venter

The Gingahead Man
Tamarin Transell

Tamarin Transell

Head of Schmoozing
Tara Walker

Tara Walker

Chief Island Dynamo
Tim Oosthuizen

Tim Oosthuizen

First Mate
Vlasta Golubovic

Vlasta Golubovic

Island Dynamo
Spider Pig

Spider Pig

DOES WHATEVER A SPIDER PIG DOES!
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OUR KNOW-HOW

Innovating, thinking outside the box, curating down to the tiniest details, and striving to consistently deliver shining service. Our team of island experts are happy to assist you with our know-how and unsurpassed experience in your incentive and conference needs.

Reliability

The dedicated team at ISLAND SYNERGY acts as a resource, assisting you to find the right solution for all of your hotel and conference requirements. We look after all your needs and wants from the initial brief, right through the booking process, and post-event for any support you may require.

Expertise

We have visited every destination within our Collective and stayed in every hotel we recommend. We have eaten in all of their restaurants, and have experienced and vetted every on-site venue option that we suggest for your conferencing, themed events and gala dinners.

Return on Investment

This breadth of experience enables us to add an extra dimension to every project by offering you a frank, unbiased opinion on the right solution for your group and your client, ensuring that you are getting results and great value, without compromising your high standards.

Peace of Mind

Now, more so than ever before, you need the assurance of working with a highly professional and reliable partner, capable of meeting all the challenges that may arise – both planned, and sometimes unplanned. We will answer all your questions and tell you what works, what doesn’t, what’s new, what to choose, and what to avoid.

Partnership

When you send your brief to the ISLAND SYNERGY team, we will contact you to acknowledge the project, explore your requirements, and confirm that we can meet your deadlines. During the initial development process, we work closely with our synergy partners to ensure their proposals fulfil all aspects of your brief. We will also offer full support and assistance with any associated requirements you may have, such as transportation, excursions and other land arrangements.

Support

As the programme develops, we will continue to monitor the progress of the project with you in a servicing capacity through to the point of confirmation. Needless to say, we are always available to assist and offer guidance at any time, and serve as your South African point of contact.

Pushing Boundaries

Our curated synergy between a passionate group of hand-picked partners ensures that your expectations are both met and exceeded in the following ways:

  • All of the ISLAND SYNERGY partners offer exclusively negotiated, price-sensitive solutions in today’s challenging economic environment, ensuring value for money and a return on investment.
  • Our synergy partners are creative, enthusiastic about their product, and extremely hands-on.
  • Above all, our synergy partners understand the South African MICE market. Furthermore, our extensive experience of working with South African meeting and incentive planners allows us to tailor our partner solutions to your needs.
  • Our extensive experience allows us to offer advice based on tried and tested product knowledge, and synergy partners who want the very best for you and your client.
  • We are a dedicated and service-driven team with combined experience of over 60 years in the South African MICE industry, and we are here to guide you along the way as much, or as little as you need us to, during the creative process with our partners.
  • Our considerable market experience means we know who the best partners are for your particular project to tick all of the boxes, and come in on time and on budget – all of the time.

Our vision for ISLAND SYNERGY is to ensure that each and every tailor-made experience is not only unforgettable, but also disrupts your expectations of the traditional island incentive. We’re doing this by innovating, thinking outside the box, curating down to the tiniest details, and striving to consistently deliver shining service.

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OUR VALUES

Responsible tourism is about respecting, protecting and benefiting local communities, cultures and the environment.

Animal-friendly Tourism

Travel companies around the world profit from some of the cruelest types of wildlife tourist attractions on earth. Whether it is riding elephants, or walking with lions, these activities can cause lifelong suffering for wild animals. As a leader in the travel industry, we know that traveller expectations change, and businesses must adapt. It’s time to stop profiting from wildlife cruelty in tourism!

Seeing wild animals when you travel can be such a memorable part of any Incentive Travel Programme. However, you may not be aware these animals often suffer unseen cruelty and abuse. Many wild animals are taken from their natural environments to be exploited for entertainment and profit. You may see animals that belong in the wild being used in live shows, or being offered for transport and rides. You may be approached to pose with animals for photos or be offered animal souvenirs or by-products. Often, the worst cruelty is hidden from view.

Sadly, many tourists who love animals may actually contribute to animal suffering simply because they’re unaware of the hidden cruelty. The more we can be aware of the way animals are being treated, the more we’ll be able to protect them from cruelty and suffering. Being animal-friendly when you travel means you always show respect – for the people, the culture, the environment, and the animals – in every country you visit.

You can protect animals on your Incentive Travel Programmes by being informed and alert to the welfare of the animals you encounter. Make good decisions for animals when you travel by following these simple steps:

Do your research. Investigate the venues you intend to visit. If animal encounters are offered, how are the animals treated, and where did they come from?

Ask questions. Check if your Destination Management Company or Incentive House has an animal welfare policy. Ask your colleagues, friends, and family about their experiences.

Make positive choices. Support tourism that does not exploit wild animals.

Eat ethically. When trying local exotic foods, ask if the animal is rare or endangered, which is often illegal.

Think before you buy. Consider that what may be a locally-produced animal souvenir could actually drive demand for the illegal trade in wildlife.

Think about culture. Always be respectful when you travel, but remember that culture is not an excuse for cruelty.

By empowering yourself with this information, you’ve taken the first step to helping protect animals when you travel.

Corporate Social Responsibility

There is a growing eagerness and devotion within organisations to include a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) component within their Incentive Travel Programmes, and this can be as little, or as much, as you choose.

Some companies prefer that their employees or delegates become hands-on, and help local communities plant crops or paint school rooms, for example. Others like to encourage them to raise funds before they travel, and present the proceeds during their visit.

CSR may include aid for schools, spearheading community projects, or protecting wildlife, and depends on the chosen destination. There are many options from funding and assisting local schools, building homes and shelters in rural communities, developing permaculture projects and establishing community gardens, or darting rhinos to help protect them.

The Benefits of CSR:

  • CSR complements your internal Corporate Social Policies.

  • CSR can enhance teamwork prior to travelling, but also during the Incentive Travel Programme.

  • CSR gives your employees or delegates a great sense of satisfaction from giving something back.

If you see the value in building a CSR element into your next Incentive Travel Programme, we would absolutely love to help you achieve it!

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