On tour: Staff from the Seychelles Discovered roadshow
16th April 2018
Staff numbers at Air Seychelles are to be cut by a quarter as the airline tries to make savings.Tourism Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne came under fire from the workers' union and the National Assemb... more...
Promoting Seychelles: The new advertising campaign in Dubai
16th March 2018
Seychelles has been named the ‘Best Indian Ocean Luxury Travel Destination’ for 2018.The award was presented by the UK's high-end lifestyle magazine LUX.Sherin Francis, Chief Executive of ... more...
It's a deal: Tourist chief Sherin Francis, left, signs the agreement with BA's Chris Rankin watched by Derick Ally, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, and Minister for Tourism Maurice Loustau-Lalanne
27th November 2017
The tourist industry is set to be boosted with a special link-up between the Seychelles Tourism Board and British Airways.The two signed up to a two-year agreement to jointly market and promote Seyche... more...
New opportunities: The Air France “Joon” flights are due to start in May (Photo: Courtesy of SNA)
14th October 2017
Tourism in Seychelles will be given a welcome boost with two airlines – British Airways and Air France – opening up new flight schedules.British Airways will resume direct flights to Seych... more...
Promoting Seychelles: Tourism CEO Sherin Naiken, centre with Tourism Minister Alain St. Ange, at the World Travel Market
29th November 2016
Seychelles tourism officers turned out in force for one of the biggest showcases in the globe, the World Travel Market (WTM) in London.They were aiming to build on Seychelles' increasingly successful ... more...
On Cloud Nine: Bogdan and Elena Matei
7th June 2016
A couple who first visited Seychelles on their honeymoon have won a competition for a VIP holiday in the archipelago. Bogdan and Elena Matei from Romania were awarded the dream package after submit... more...
Shared vision: Tourism chiefs Alain St Ange and Sthembiso Dlamini
7th June 2016
Tourism chiefs in Seychelles and South Africa have agreed to work closer together.  They signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the INDABA trade fair in Durban. Alain St Ange, Seychell... more...
Award winner: Turkish Airlines which operate the Airbus A330-200
7th June 2016
The airline named best in Europe is to fly three times a week to Seychelles from October. Turkish Airlines, a four-star airline with a fleet of 279 passenger and cargo aircraft flying to 274 destin... more...

Our Creole culture will enrich the tourism experience, says new Minister

Vision: New Tourism Minister Didier Dogley
Vision: New Tourism Minister Didier Dogley

The new Tourism Minister for Seychelles, Didier Dogley, wasted no time in spelling out how he would improve the industry.

He said he wanted to make Seychelles “a model for sustainable tourism to the world, enriched by the Creole culture and the hospitality of our people”.

Formerly the minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, he was assigned the new portfolio in President Faure's April reshuffle.

Minister Dogley welcomed his appointment saying it provided him with an excellent opportunity to shift his efforts: from taking care of the bedrock of Seychelles tourism – the natural environment – to ensuring that visitors get to discover and experience the true qualities of the Seychelles islands.

He explained: “In a world where unspoiled natural landscapes and seascapes are becoming a rare asset, Seychelles still offers a wide array of unique sites with breathtaking beauty and exceptional experiences.”

He went on: “My vision is to use my knowledge and experience in environment stewardship, coupled with a strong partnership with the trade, to ensure that Seychelles becomes a model for sustainable tourism to the world, enriched by the creole culture and the hospitality of our people.”

There have been other developments in the tourism industry:

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) took part in the 25th Arabian Travel Market (ATM) – the Middle East's largest travel trade event. The United Arab Emirates together with the other five Gulf Cooperation Council members contribute a significant number of visitors to Seychelles. The United Arab Emirates alone was the third leading market in 2017, sending over 28,000 visitors.

STB’s Manager in Dubai, Ahmed Fathallah said: “We are hopeful and anticipating to surpass last year's visitor arrivals to Seychelles in 2018 by raising awareness of the destination through our participation in different travel and trade events in the GCC region. The good turnout recorded at this year’s ATM has already prompted us to start preparing for the next year."

Emirates renews its marketing agreement with the Seychelles Tourism Board

Agreement: Orhan Abbas of Emirates Airlines, centre, with Sherin Francis of the STB
Agreement: Orhan Abbas of Emirates Airlines, centre, with Sherin Francis of the STB

Emirates Airline has extended its global marketing agreement with the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), renewing its support to the islands.

Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Africa, Orhan Abbas, and STB’s Chief Executive, Sherin Francis, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in April..

Mr Abbas said: “The Seychelles is a very important destination to Emirates. We will develop a series of joint activities together with the Seychelles Tourism Board and we are confident that positive results will be seen in the short term.”

The agreement provides for the joint undertaking, by Emirates and STB, of various marketing activities, such as tourism trade shows and fairs, trade familiarisation trips, product presentations and workshops.

Mrs Francis said: “STB recognises the pivotal role the Emirates airline has played in developing the Seychelles tourism industry over the past decade. Through the signing of the MOU, the destination is again reiterating its commitment and supports toward the airline to ensure it keeps on serving the destination.”

Irish market potential

A group of 20 tour operators and travel agents in Ireland now have a broader knowledge of Seychelles, following a training session in Dublin organised by the STB's UK office. STB Director for UK & Ireland, Christine Vel said: “In spite of being a relatively small market for Seychelles, there is potential for the Irish market to grow.”

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