The Tourism Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account workshop

Seychelles benefits from UNWTO expertise as work progresses to develop and implement a Tourism Satellite Account

The Tourism Department is pushing ahead with its objective to have tangible measurement of the economic impact of tourism that has long been the mainstay of the Seychelles economy.

With work already started to develop a Tourism Satellite Account for Seychelles, stakeholders in the industry have been provided with a better understanding of the statistical framework, the importance of such a tool, as well as the need for relevant and consistent statistics to be made available.   

A two-day workshop was held on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th July at the AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa.

The Statistics and Tourism Satellite Workshop saw the participation of statisticians and representatives from the Tourism Department, the Seychelles Tourism Board, National Bureau of Statistics, Immigration, Finance Ministry, Seychelles Ports Authority, Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, The Central Bank of Seychelles and the Seychelles Licensing Authority.

The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) is a standard statistical framework developed the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the main tool for the economic measurement of tourism.

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Seychelles joins the Experiential Planner Expo in New Delhi tapping into Indias thriving destination wedding  MICE segments

Seychelles joins the Experiential Planner Expo in New Delhi, tapping into India’s thriving destination wedding & MICE segments

Seychelles as a potential destination for small scale Indian weddings, as well as Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) trips, was accentuated upon at the recent Experiential Planner Expo (EPEX) held in India.

The event which is part of the WOW Awards & Convention Asia was held from the 6th to 8th July at the Pullman Hotels and Resorts, in Aerocity, New Delhi.

It’s the second year that the event has been organised and the 2017 edition saw the participation of over a thousand delegates, including corporate decision-makers, MICE and destination wedding planners, event company owners, influencers among others from all-over Asia.

The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs. Sherin Francis, led the Seychelles delegation at the event. She was accompanied by Ms. Lubaina Sheerazi the chief operating officer at Mumbai-based Blue Square Consultants, which represents the STB in India, as well as Ms. Shakambri Soni and Ms. Aswini Krishna, the Senior Marketing Executive and Marketing Manager at the Seychelles Tourism Office in India, respectively.

It was the perfect platform for the Seychelles’ team to meet with decision makers from travel agencies, tour operator companies serving outbound tourism. It also allowed face-to-face contact with existing and potential business partners

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Creole Travel Services introduces the ‘Zephir’ offering a unique view of the Seychelles underwater world

Seychelles as a destination has much to offer visitors thanks to its natural environment, turquoise coloured-waters and pristine beaches. For those interested in the marine life, the Indian Ocean archipelago can also be described as a storehouse for marine biodiversity.

While taking a plunge into the deep ocean is the way to way for a close encounter with amazing sea creatures; a snorkeling or diving expedition may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

In the quest to provide other options to those unable or unwilling to get their feet wet, local Destination Management Company, Creole Travel Services (CTS) has made a new addition to its fleet of vessels.

A new glass-bottom boat baptized ‘Zephir’ is what CTS is proposing to visitors and locals alike, wishing to get up-close with the coral reefs that provide homes to brightly-coloured fish, among other marine species.

Zephir -- a LOOKER440 GB -- forms part of the LOOKER series, a new & unique set of glass bottom boats designed and built by Paritetboat -- a Russian boat-building company.

According to the Paritetboat website, the LOOKER series boast “unique ultra-durable bottom window shaped as an optically regular spheroid.” They allow passengers to sit in comfort while they are taken on a tour of the Ocean depths.

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Seychelles remains a popular romantic spot for the rich and famous

The Seychelles archipelago remains an idyllic destination attracting travelers from across the globe whether they are in search of budget-friendly or celebrity extravagant holidays.

The islands’ lush tropical vegetation, spectacular powder-white beaches and clear turquoise ocean provide the perfect backdrop for vacationers to take enviable snaps.

Well-known personalities are among those constantly choosing the destination for their picture-perfect getaways, including to spend their honeymoon.

While it is very uncommon to find paparazzi snapping the holiday experiences of these personalities in Seychelles, most of them are quite happy to keep their followers updated by posting photos of their precious moments on social media platforms.

American singer, dancer and actress Julianne Hough is one of the latest personalities who has chosen to spend the earliest days of married life in the Seychelles.

The UK news site MailOnline is among several international media that have reported on the gorgeous snaps of Hough and husband enjoying their honeymoon in the island nation.

Julianne Hough tied the knot with Canadian ice hockey player Brooks Laich’s on July 8. Their trip to Seychelles was in fact for a double celebration, as on top of honeymooning on some of the islands, Hough also celebrated a tropical 29th

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Seychelles Tourism Board and Ethiopian Airlines commit to further collaboration

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) has expressed the desire the see further growth of its relationship with Ethiopian Airlines, for the betterment of both the airline and the island destination.

The Chief Executive of the STB, Mrs. Sherin Francis on Tuesday met with the outgoing Ethiopian Airlines’ area manager for Seychelles, Ms. Meseret Tekalign and her successor Ms. Meron Tsegaye.

The meeting held at the STB headquarters at the Espace Building was attended by STB’s Deputy Chief Executive Ms. Jenifer Sinon and Senior Marketing Executive Mrs. Amia Jovanovic-Desir.

Mrs Francis took the opportunity to thank Ms Tekalign for her dedication and continuous collaboration with STB during her time at the helm of the Ethiopian Airlines’ office in Seychelles.

“You have been very proactive and you made every effort to understand our market, which is more of a leisure traveller market and you also worked very closely with STB supporting our events including the familiarization and media visits,” said Mrs Francis.

“We have so much airlines flying to Seychelles now but Ethiopian Airlines managed to find its own little niche, you have your group of clientele and you are growing that. At the end of the day Seychelles benefits,” she added.

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Praslin hoteliers express desire to see more activities for tourists upon visit of Tourism Minister to tourism properties on the island

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, proceeded to Praslin Island last week, as he continues to visit tourism businesses, mainly holiday accommodations, in Seychelles.

Praslin, the Seychelles’ second most populated island, is home to many tourism businesses both big and small. Boasting lush tropical vegetation, clear turquoise waters and powder-white beaches that often make the list of the world’s best beaches, the island is a firm favourite among travelers to the archipelago.

Minister Loustau-Lalanne accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Mrs. Anne Lafortune, first stopped at Ile de Palmes, where they were greeted by the hotel’s owner Mr. Christopher Gill.

Located along the beach at Anse Takamaka, Ile de Palmes has 18 self-catering establishments offering 30 rooms in total. The accommodations are surrounded by vegetation including local fruit trees and located on what is believed to be a former pirate treasure site.

Mr Gill took the opportunity to talk to the Minister about his plans to seek approval for further development of his property to include mountain view villas and villas built on stilts, similar to what is offered in the Maldives.

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