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Seychelles’ hotel rated highly by German guests, Le Duc de Praslin receives HolidayCheck Award

Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas, located at Cote d’Or on the Seychelles’ second most populated island must be doing something right to impress German visitors.

For the fourth consecutive year, Le Duc de Praslin has been rated highly by HolidayCheck -- the largest German-speaking portal allowing Germain visitors to review their travel and holidays experiences.

HotelCheck Awards are given to establishments scoring highly based on excellent reviews received from visitors.

Le Duc de Praslin Hotel & Villas was awarded a grade of 5.6/6 for 2017.

The owner and General Manager of the hotel Mr. Robert Payet said constant effort to improve services and standards is essential to keep up with clients’ growing expectations.

He added that the hotel’s German-speaking markets have grown significantly thanks to its marketing drive in Switzerland, Austria and Germany that has been intensified over the last 3 years

Germany is in fact the top tourism market for Seychelles so far in 2017, having sent 27,078 visitors to the island nation up to July 30th, representing a 33 percent increase over last year’s figures.

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selling travel agents choice award 2017 Finalist

Seychelles as a wedding and honeymoon destination and Air Seychelles listed as finalists of the Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards 2017

Boasting powder-white beaches and clear, tranquil turquoise waters, the Seychelles archipelago is synonymous to romance, beach weddings and honeymoon.

Famed for its reputation as an ultimate escape destination for newly-weds, Seychelles has played host to a stream of honeymoons and romantic getaways for the rich and famous, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who spent their honeymoon in Seychelles in 2011.

With those attributes it’s not surprising that the Seychelles is once again nominated as a finalist in an international travel award.

Seychelles features among finalists in the ‘Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards 2017’ -- in the Destination for Weddings & Honeymoons category.

The island destination is competing against Barbados, Cyprus, Mexico and Indian Ocean neighbour – Mauritius.

The Seychelles’ national airline is also a finalist. Air Seychelles is competing against Air Mauritius, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways in the best ‘Airline to India and the Indian Ocean’ category.

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INTERVIEW WITH CEO STB

Seychelles Tourism Board saddened as Air Seychelles adjusts European network, but confident of maintaining visitor numbers in 2017

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) is saddened by Air Seychelles’ decision to adjust its European network affecting Germany and France, as it signifies reduced seat capacity to cater for future growth, but remains confident that the performance of the main tourism markets will be maintained in 2017.

The national airline announced on Monday that it will suspend its twice-weekly flights to Düsseldorf from September 10 and reduce its Paris operation from four to thrice-weekly flights from September 12.

Explaining the commercial decisions, the Chief Executive of Air Seychelles Roy Kinnear said an in-depth review of the Düsseldorf route, which started in March this year had showed that the service is unsustainable, and highlighted weakened demand for air travel out of France when it comes to the Paris flight.

In a statement, Air Seychelles’ chairman Jean Weeling – Lee said: “Due to year on year increase of cost of fuel, an extremely competitive aviation market in Europe, and the high number of significant airlines already serving Seychelles though their connecting hubs, it unfortunately results in Air Seychelles being forced to consolidate these services.”

Commenting on the decisions on Wednesday, the STB Chief Executive Mrs. Sherin Francis said she is indeed saddened, as the extra capacity offered by Air Seychelles on the Düsseldorf flights for example, would have assisted the market in

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The World Luxury Restaurant Awards

Seychelles’ restaurants -- ‘Cyann’ and ‘Lorizon’ win accolades at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards

The Seychelles’ Creole cuisine, which combines flavours from French, English, African, Indian, and Chinese cooking is one of the island nation’s unique factor.

The Creole food is one of the aspects that tourism operators, especially hotels and restaurants, strive to promote among visitors to Seychelles.

Two restaurants in Seychelles have received accolades at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards, which inspires excellence and ignites healthy competition in the luxury restaurant industry.

The second edition of the World Luxury Restaurant Awards ceremony was held on July 22nd, where winners were presented with their prizes at the JW Marriott Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Constance Ephelia’s signature restaurant ‘Cyann’ was crowned the Seychelles’ Luxury Resort Restaurant, while CaranaBeach Hotel’s ‘Lorizon Restaurant’ received the award for the Seychelles’ restaurant providing the Best Ambience or Romantic Atmosphere.

The Constance Ephelia resort is located at Port Launay on the western coast of Mahé. Its Cyann Restaurant, which offers a beautiful view over the Port Launay marine park, is open for both lunch and dinner. Guests can expect to experience

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Best island in Africa and the Middle East: Seychelles receives accolade at Travel + Leisure’s award ceremony in New York City

Seychelles was represented at the Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards ceremony held in New York City last Wednesday.

Some 200 guests attended the event hosted by Travel + Leisure’s Publisher, Mr. Joseph Messer and Editor in Chief, Mr. Nathan Lump.

The ceremony saw the presentation of accolades to top hotels, islands, cities, airlines, cruise lines, spas, among others, as voted by readers of the New York-based travel magazine.

Readers of Travel + Leisure are given the opportunity to rate their travel experiences around the globe on an annual basis.

The Seychelles Tourism Board’s Regional Director for Africa and the Americas, Mr. David Germain was presented with the award designating Seychelles as the best island in Africa and the Middle East.

It’s the second year in a row that Seychelles is rated in the top spot in this category by Travel + Leisure.

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Curieuse Island

Tourism Minister inspects ongoing projects by the SNPA to improve visitors’ experience on Curieuse

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne recently visited Curieuse to have an appreciation of work being done by the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) to improve facilities on the island, which is also a marine national park.

 SNPA is actively working to improve facilities at the various marine and terrestrial national parks, to have the protected areas offering better products to enhance the experience of visitors, especially tourists. The improvement projects are also expected to allow SNPA to generate more income.

Curieuse -- a small granitic island lying some two-kilometers off the northeast coast of Praslin -- was designated as a national park in 1979. It is the only other location aside of Praslin island where the Coco de Mer, the largest nut in the world grows naturally. The island is open to visitors from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Sunday, providing free entrance to Seychellois, while tourists pay a 200 rupee entry fee.

During the visit on Curieuse, Minister Loustau-Lalanne accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Mrs. Anne Lafortune, were given a clearer picture of the day-to-day activities on the island, the current state of the various facilities and work that has already started to improve the services.

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