Seychelles: The top rated beach in the world
Seychelles was recently rated the number one beach among the top 100 beaches of the world
nown as one of the world’s most romantic destination
Seychelles is a star appeal for honeymooners and celebrities in search of peace, tranquility, and breathtaking
seascapes not to mention the powder-white sandy beaches, lapped
with dazzling turquoise blue waters. Throughout the islands one
can find unparalleled opportunities for sailing on bare-boat or
skippered yacht, deep-sea and fly-fishing as well as a broad diversity of dive experiences.
Seychelles is a truly beautiful country with lovely and kind
people. This I found out when I had visited the country last year.
This Indian Ocean republic occupies a land area of 455 km² and
an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million km². It represents an
archipelago of timeless beauty, tranquility and harmony that is
famous for its fascinating beaches and for its great diversity
which rolls from lush forests down to the warm azure ocean.
Seychelles' 115 islands fall under two distinct groups. The tall
granite, Inner Islands cluster mainly within the relatively shallow
Seychelles' plateau, 4° south of the equator and roughly 1800 km.
distant from the east coast of Africa while the low-lying coralline
cays, atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands lie mainly
beyond the plateau up to 10° south of the equator.
Of these 115 islands, 41 Inner Islands constitute the oldest midoceanic granite islands on earth while a further 74 form the 5
groups of low-lying coral atolls and reef islets that are the Outer
Islands. These Outer Islands are divided into five groups: the
Amirantes group lying 230km distant from Mahé, the Southern
Coral Group, Alphonse Group, Farquhar Group and finally the
Aldabra Group, some 1150km from Mahé.
There are 43 Inner Islands in all -- 41 granitic and 2 coralline.
The Inner Islands which are mostly granitic, cluster mainly
around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, forming the cultural and economic hub of Seychelles, as well as the
centre of its tourism industry. Together they are home to the
majority of Seychelles’ accommodation facilities as well almost
the entire population of the archipelago.
Seychelles is a living museum of natural history and a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora & fauna on earth. With
almost 50% of its limited landmass set aside as national parks and
reserves, Seychelles prides itself on its record for far sighted conservation policies that have resulted in an enviable degree of protection for the environment and the varied ecosystems it supports.
Nowhere else on earth will you find unique endemic specimens
such as the fabulous Coco-de-mer, the largest seed in the world,
the jellyfish tree, with only eight surviving examples, the Seychelles’ paradise flycatcher and Seychelles warbler.
Seychelles is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the
legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin and fabled Aldabra, the
world’s largest raised coral atoll, first seen by early Arab seafarers of the 9th century A.D.
When in Seychelles there’s a lot to do. A major reason for
tourists to visit is to relax and for that there are stunning beaches
– quite a few of them are untouched and are refreshingly
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uncrowded. One can also walk along the coastline enjoying the
fresh air and sound of waves. You will also be rewarded by the
breath-taking scenery. A word of caution - not all beaches are
suitable for swimming due to the seasonal winds.
Seychelles is also a perfect place for the water sports as one can
explore the islands on a yacht, power boat, catamaran or sailboat.
Scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and windsurfing are also
extremely popular. Indians probably may prefer glass bottom
boat tours to view the ocean. Biking is quite popular. Bike rentals
and walking tours are great ways to sightsee and since distances
are relatively short and the scenery is beautiful, walking is probably the best way to see the smaller islands (La Digue, Praslin).
On Mahe it is not advised to ride bicycles. Bird watching is also
popular and the islands are home to many of the worlds most
treasured and rare species of animals. The best place to do so is
Cousin Island which although only 1 km (0.6 miles) in diameter,
is home to more than 300,000 birds, but many unique species can
be found at ease on Mahe.
Seychelles also has numerous markets, art galleries and shops,
colonial Creole-style plantation houses, and the main island of
Mahé has six museums, a botanical garden, and several national
monuments. The islands are predominantly Roman Catholic with
an ethnic mix every bit as diverse as the makeup of its islands. So
you have numerous cathedrals, a Hindu temple and a mosque.
Sights in Victoria include the clock tower, old courthouse, natural history museum, Victoria market, botanical gardens, Anglican
Not to be missed are the two UNESCO sites. Vallee de Mai is
a national park and home to amazing flora and fauna, including
the world's largest seed: the coco de mer. Aldabra Atoll, the
world's largest coral atoll that stretches about 22 miles east to
west and encloses a huge tidal lagoon. Aldabra is the original
home of the giant land tortoise and tiger sharks and manta rays
can also often be seen here.
Apart from this Seychelles offers a naturally romantic backdrop for weddings and honeymoons as well as being an enticing
destination for select incentive groups and the elite of the business world. Offering amazing walks & trails, golf and memorable
spa & wellness holidays, never before has the discerning tourist
seeking tranquility been offered such a diverse choice of experiences in one destination.
The Seychelles are not tolerant of backpackers turning up at the
airport without accommodation booked. So do try to get your
accommodation booked in advance. Accommodations in Seychelles are relatively expensive and some islands have only one
hotel and can vary from €1500 to €100 per night. The islands also
enjoy a rich variety of affordable hotels and guesthouses with the
charms and rhythms of an authentic island lifestyle. If you are on
a tight budget renting an apartment or bungalow would be a good
option. It is possible to find accommodation of a double room for
two persons starting at €65. At this cost you will not have many
luxuries. Peak seasons from December to January and July to
August can see a jump in hotel prices and sometimes finding the
right accommodation can be difficult.
A realistic budget will be around €120 per person per day
which includes a moderately priced hotel, food at a few good
restaurants and sightseeing. Island hopping and and other activities make increase the cost substantially.
Islands with accommodation are very few – Mahé, Praslin, La
Digue, Bird Island, Cerf, Chauve Souris, Cousine, Denis Island,
Frégate, North Island, Round Island (Praslin), Silhouette and Ste.
Some of the popular hotels are - Constance Epheila Mahe,
Constance Lemuria Praslin, Maia, Banyan Tree, Four seasons,
Kempinski, Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove, Coral beach, Sunset
beach hotel, Hilton Northolme, Labriz, Sainte Anne Comber
beach, Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay, L'archipel, La Reserve, Raffles
The unit of currency is the Seychelles rupee (Rs), but the popular foreign currency is euros - prices for services are mostly
quoted in euros. There are ATMs, which accept major international cards, at the airport and at all the major banks in Victoria.
Thanks to an extensive bus service operating throughout Mahé
one need not rent a car. There is a flat rate of Rs 5 to go from any
place in the city. Praslin also boasts an efficient bus service.
“Seychelles operates a No VISA Policy. We say that we are
friends of all and enemy of none and as friends everyone can
visit us and no one requires a visa to do so”
Despite all the challenges the tourism industry is facing globally not to
forget the economic crisis Seychelles Tourism has been growing substantially and is faring better than what had been budgeted.. As per data obtained
from Seychelles National Bureau of Statistics, year 2013 saw a 14 per cent
increase over 2012 figures. Seychelles has maintained a good level
of visibility in all markets due to its strong links with international travel
press organisations and ensuring adequate media coverage for major
events organised in the country. This has been mainly due to a dynamic
Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture H.E. Alain St. Ange. In
an exclusive Interview with Chandragupta Amritkar, Editor, Global
Destinations, H.E. Alain St. Ange went on to elaborate on the success
story, India day and future plans. Excerpts
Your Excellency what was the main idea behind creating an
India Day and will it be an annual affair?
The main idea behind creating a celebration in Seychelles
called the Seychelles - India Day is to give the due recognition for
our country's historical link with India and to ensure that our local
Indian Population are duly recognised for the part they have
played since the beginning to make Seychelles what it is today.
Seychelles has five main historical line that makes our Creole
Seychellois People the diverse people we are. These are France,
Africa, the UK, India and China. For years we have celebrated
our link with France
through the La Francophonie Day, with Africa
through Africa Day celebrations, the UK through
the Commonwealth Day
celebrations but we did not
for one reason or another
mark an India Day celebration nor did we mark a
China Day celebration.
This will now change as
this October we shall have
the first Seychelles-India
Celebrations and early
next year our first Seychelles-China Day celebrations. Our history with India is to intertwined for us not to be marking an India Day celebrations and I
need to say thank you to the High Commissioner of India for his
support to have helped make this celebration a reality for Seychelles.
tor partners in the four corners of the world to take us seriously
as a tourism destination. This was a bit easier for me as I came
from the private sector and was known by the large majority of
our Tour Operator partners, but to move forward I needed to work
in unity with the island's private sector. My success depended on
their success as a business community. We discussed together, we
planned and strategised together and we panned out new
revamped Marketing Plans for Seychelles. We they moved to
bring out a Tourism Master Plan as our industry was turning 40
since it was launched in earnest in 1971 with the arrival of the
first BOAC VC 10 plane from the UK.
This we did after a lot of consulting
from the bottom up. It was not going
to be a Government dictated document
but one where all the interested parties
could and would see their concerns
raised and their expectations referred
to. At the same time it was important
for me to get Seychelles to stand
behind me if we wanted to see our
tourism industry consolidated for the
longer term. For this to happen we
needed to get more of our Seychellois
involved in the industry that remains
the pillar of their economy. This is
when our President, Mr James Michel
coined the 'Seychelles Brand of Tourism' as our style to guide our
way forward and this was a first statement after 40 years of
tourism which said that Seychelles needed to claim back its
tourism industry if we wanted to see our industry consolidated.
This has helped to get everyone to not only support our tourism
industry, but it also saw everyone defending the Seychelles
tourism industry. It was a fine line of saying we wanted more foreign investors and at the same time convincing other Government
Departments to see Seychellois Investments as a must for the
wellbeing of our country's tourism industry. We could not, as a
country, see a them and us approach and our people needed to be
seen in our industry, they needed to be respected as investors in
their own right and they ended to be encouraged to join the indus-
You are considered the main driver behind the fast growth
of the country’s tourism sector (having substantially boosted
visitor arrival numbers). How did you go about achieving it
and any tips for tourism Ministers and tourism secretaries
from other countries/states?
When I was given the mandate to re-launch our country's
tourism industry my first mission was to get all our Tour Opera-
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try. My only message for all my colleague Ministers of Tourism
is to work with their respective population first and to have faith
in their private sector as they remain the motor behind their very
own tourism industry. For Seychelles we then needed to remain
relevant as a tourism destination and for this we need to always
be innovative and to be visible at all times in all our target markets. This was one of our biggest challenges, but today we say
that we have fared well because as is said the proof of the pudding is in the sting and our tourism industry has but grown since
we moved to re-launch our industry.
accommodation network we needed and wanted. From 6 and 7 star one
island one hotel concept, to boutique small establishments, to the
small home grown properties offering the best in Creole welcome, atmosphere, culture and cuisine, to International Hotel
chains, to the best in International branded resorts and to floating
bed on cursers and live aboard. Everything is here, and we are
proud of what our islands have on offer.
When you compare the GDP to tourism, how important is
tourism to Seychelles?
Tourism for Seychelles is referred to as the pillar of our economy. This is how important it is and is set to remain. The importance of tourism was highlighted with President James Michel
introduced a stand alone Ministry for Tourism after years of it
having been a portfolio in the Vice President's Office before
becoming attached to the President's Office itself. Tourism is
today a body that is consulted for decisions that have an effect
directly or indirectly on what Seychelles is and how it will be
seen by our visitors.
MICE is a hot topic. How many hotels are suitable for
MICE? Which is the biggest convention center?
Seychelles values the MICE and Incentive Market and goes
after that market with vigour. We participate in the dedicated
MICE Trade Fairs and we are active in Incentive Market workshops because we are today well equipped for this niche or segment of tourism. We have a number of conference rooms with the
biggest one ready to accommodate 620 pax for a conference.
Most of our larger International Branded Resorts remain suitable
for that market. Seychelles is also well suited for pre and post
conferencing tours because of the diversity of mid-ocean islands
that make up the Seychelles archipelago.
How’s the infrastructure when it comes to hotels and
accommodation in Seychelles?
Seychelles has always been known as a five star tourism destination and today this natural beauty is matched with a range of
top notch resorts. Seychelles has all the best and most respected
brand of resorts and hotels. We went out as a country to attract
these International Brands because we knew they would raise our
level and we knew that they would drive our Home Grown smaller units to raise their very own standards. This we knew would
only work in the best interest of our industry and today we have
What is the potential for Wellness Tourism?
Wellness Tourism or Spa holidays are today being called for by
each and every tourism destination. Some destinations are more
suited than others for such a special holiday. Seychelles lends
itself well because our well preserved natural environment brings
the setting required for wellness centres and world class Spas.
The potential is big and this is one reason we now have an annual Wellness Festival in Seychelles. This we do to spread the word
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that we are ready for the discerning travellers looking for this special holiday.
What is the current situation for long-haul flights to the
Seychelles is accessible to the world as never before. We have
some 12 / 13 weekly flights by Emirates offering First, Business
and Economy seats to Seychelles from virtually anywhere in the
world. The same can be said for Etihad and their partner airline
Air Seychelles. They operate close to 14 weekly flights to Sey-
chelles. Condor offers a non-stop direct flight from Frankfurt
Germany to seychelles once a week, Kenya Airways as a Sky
Team Member offers 3 / 4 weekly flights from Nairobi Kenya and
Ethiopian Airlines flies to Seychelles from Addis Ababa three
times a week. From October Sri Lankan Airlines is starting three
weekly flights to Seychelles from Colombo. Do we have enough
flights no, and this will never be a statement I can make, because
as mid-ocean islands we need to continue looking at the best and
most direct flight for our would be visitors from their destination
on days they want and at prices they feel acceptable. We do not
own the money that sits in the wallets of our potential visitors,
they own their money and we need to continue to entice them by
offering what they want and expect.
Promotion of Heritage is vital for the success of any
country. What steps are you taking for this especially
UNESCO’s World Heritage sites?
Seychelles is conscious that we cannot consolidate our tourism
industry without showcasing our culture and our heritage. This is
more so because we are proud of what we are and what we have
to offer to our visitors in that field of culture and heritage. Seychelles today has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (The Vallee
de Mai Coco de Mer reserve on Praslin Island and the Aldabra
Atoll) and we are finalising the needed documentation to seek
recognition of our island's only slave ruins. The Venn's Town
Mission Lodge where freed young slaves were housed after being
brought to Seychelles has so much historical value and we are
hoping that the UNESCO will see merit to have this property listed and preserved as we preserve and care for the two sites we
already have in Seychelles . We have to keep telling the world we
have these sites in Seychelles which we preserve and protect as
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You are the creator of Carnaval Internationale de Victoria
(The Carnival of Carnivals). What was the aim and how
successful has it been?
When I was mandated to create an International Carnival in
Seychelles for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands and for the
Region as a whole we saw the opening for a unique event that
would be seen as the carnival of carnivals. We wanted to create a
carnival where all the best and most known carnivals would
parade side by side and followed by Cultural Troupes from the
Community of Nations. The bench mark was raised high because
we wanted to offer to the world a platform where they could
showcase their culture, their country's unique selling points and
their people as they flew they National Flag to the world press.
We wanted to create a carnival that could be seen as a tourism
trade fair for showcasing countries and helping them to remain
relevant as tourism destinations in their own right. After three editions we can say that we have not only managed to stage such an
event, but that we have staged a very successful carnival of carnivals. The Press Fraternity continues to descend on Seychelles in
larger numbers because of the uniqueness of the event and the
diversity it showcases.
What’s your commitment to green and eco standards?
Seychelles is one country that believes in the protection of its
environment and as such must be a believer in green and eco standards in its tourism development. Two years ago we launched our
very own Sustainable Label for the Tourism Industry and continue to encourage tourism operators to buy into this scheme for the
long term benefit of our islands. Seychelles today has declared
over 50% of its total land area to protected national parks. To
move forward our Ministry will continue to work with the private
sector because we are all after the preservation of the uniqueness
that makes Seychelles stand tall in the world of tourism.
I was fortunate to be present when you were elected as
President of Vanilla Island of the Indian Ocean. You have
been re-elected for a second term. What did you achieve over
your tenure and what are your plans ahead?
The Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organisation is the
grouping of the six islands - Seychelles, Mauritius, La Reunion,
Madagascar, Comoros and Mayotte. We decided to group our-
selves beyond politics and its complexities to promote our region
as a tourism region in its own right. The firm mission when I was
elected was to turn the club like group into a formal Regional
Organisation. Then we had to get the Organisation known and
increase its visibility. This we have achieved as the Vanilla
Islands are today known as a tourism region. The plans for the
future is to find the necessary funds to move the organisation forward and to bring into our grouping the other islands of the Indian Ocean who also believe in tourism as the industry for economic growth and for creating jobs for their respective islanders. The
strong points of each island must be pulled together to make the
region stronger for the benefit of all the islands of the Indian
Seychelles and India. Now with Sri Lankan Airlines doing a
direct non stop flight from Colombo in Sri Lanka and the Seychelles the opportunity is finally arrived for Seychelles to move
into India to claim its share of that important market. We are now
moving to have representation in India for our Tourism Board and
we know that we shall be discovered as the new holiday destination for Indian Holiday makers.
How do you plan to position Seychelles as a leading tourism
Seychelles is a leading tourism destination not by the way we
will position it, but because it is the tourism destination with a
difference. It is small and quaint, it is clean and inhabited by but
a small population, it is a destination that has a small but important local Indian Population, it is disease free and it is safe, it is a
destination that remains but some five hours flight time from
India, it is a destination that welcomes Indian Passport Holders
without any VISA. Is that not enough to be seen and appreciated
as the new destination for the Indian travellers?
There was a lot of talk regarding a single visa. What’s the
We are looking at the best approach to tackle this thorny issue.
Seychelles operates a No VISA Policy. We say that we are friends
You have strong links with international travel press organizations and deal with all the top travel publications. How do
you manage this?
Seychelles has nothing to hide as a country. As the Minister
responsible for Tourism and Culture I work with an open door to
the press. I respect the press and value their friendship. The press
can make a destination or break it. We continue to invite the press
to visit our small country to discover what continues to attract the
Who's who in the world to spend their holidays or even their honeymoon in Seychelles. I meet the press on every trip I do and I
continue to call press conferences everywhere I go because I
believe I need the press to always be well informed and updated
on our Seychelles.
What are the key priorities for the next five years?
The next five years is a time of consolidation and for implementing what we have tabled in the Tourism Master Plan. This is
important because this is what Seychelles wants and needs.
Everyone involved in the tourism industry of Seychelles was
involved in the drafting of this Master Plan and we owe it to Seychelles to implement it to ensure we continue to grow our tourism
industry for generations to come.
of all and enemy of none and as friends
everyone can visit us and no one requires a
visa to do so.
Coming to the India, How do you plan
to attract the Indian community?
We are looking at India as our next important target market. We want to move in to
have our fair share of that market and we
know that we are the new destination for
Indian Holiday makers. We had big challenges because of no direct flights linking
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First India day in Seychelles
between India and Seychelles
have existed since Seychelles
gained independence in 1976 but
giving a boost to the bilateral relations will be the first SeychellesIndia Day that is scheduled from 4th
- 6th October 2013.
The Seychelles Ministry of
Tourism and Culture is planning to
attract more visitors to their country.
One of the major steps taken to
increase visibility of Seychelles in
India and thus increase visitor arrival
numbers to Seychelles is to establish the first Seychelles-India
Day. Under the aegis of the dynamic Seychelles Minister for
Tourism and Culture H.E. Alain St. Ange the first SeychellesIndia Day will be held from 4th - 6th October 2013. The event is
being held in close collaboration between Ministry of Tourism
and Culture and Indian High Commission.
“Together with the Indian High Commissioner we are happy to
announce the Seychelles first India day celebrations. Seychelles
celebrates through Commonwealth Day its ties with Britain. It’s
French heritage is celebrated through La Francophonie Day, and
its ancestral bond with Africa is celebrated through FetAfrik
annually on Africa Day. Who we are today is also annually celebrated through our Kreol Festival, but our historical ties with
India and China remained the two missing elements on our calendar of events.” said H.E. Alain St.Ange.
H.E. St.Ange further added that the first Indian day celebrations in Seychelles, which will take place in the heart of Victoria,
will do justice to the multi-ethnic diversity of Seychelles as it
bridges Seychelles cultural bond with India. “The flair of India
will showcase Victoria, the Creole Capital of the World to an
event of food, personalities and through the rich culture of India.
For three days the event will bring the best talents within the
community to highlight a fusion of Bollywood movies and stars
in captivating performance enthralling people of all ages. An
Indian exposition tracing the first Indian settlers in Seychelles
until present day will also be on the program.’’ highlighted H.E.
“This event will offer a place for the people of Seychelles to
embrace India’s diversity of culture and for people to connect
together’’ said H.E. Thanglura Darlong, Indian High Commissioner.
The sponsoring of the event according to the Indian High Commissioner and the Minister for Tourism and Culture will be
secured among the local business community who are already
committing themselves to this particular event. H.E. Alain
St.Ange said that he has also brought the event up in discussions
with the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry to
seek support through their avenues of cooperation with India.
“A strong involvement of local and Indian businesses in the
sponsoring of the event is crucial for its success. The Chamber of
Commerce and Industry has agreed in principle to work with the
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sion in making this festival a success.
It is important that the business community comes out as a block in bringing a new taste in the list of events in
Seychelles’’ outlined H.E. St.Ange.
The event has already participation
from top celebrities and performers
primarily from the world of Bollywood of India. “I am very much
encouraged and I am enthusiastic
about the efforts put into the organisation of the first Seychelles-India
Day. We’ve have now set up subcommittees for fund raising, for the
exhibition and for the organisation part of the celebrations,” said
H.E. Thanglura Darlong.
The Seychelles-India Day Celebrations will kick off with on
Friday 4th October with an official opening ceremony in Victoria.
Activities will continue during the weekend in the capital with a
food court of Indian food and several musical performances. A
photo exhibition tracing the cooperation between Seychelles and
India will be one of the highlights of the event.
“The Seychelles-India Day Celebrations is a golden opportunity to give the Indian community living in Seychelles its rightful
recognition. Above all it is a positive move for the growth of our
relations with India and for Seychelles to mark through its very
own calendar of events the historical link with India. Many young
Seychellois today trace their family lines back to someone who
arrived from India,” said H.E. Alain St.Ange said.
Sri Lankan President, H.E. Me Mahinda Rajapaksa had also
announced that Sri Lankan Airline were keen to start flights to
Seychelles this year. This is expected to further enrich this event
and should be a big boost to this coming Indian Day Celebration.
“Sri Lankan Airline will bring new life to the drive initiated by
the Tourism Board to develop tourism from India. The first edition of India day timely coincides with the confirmation that Sri
Lankan Airline will be flying to Seychelles soon,’’ said H.E.
From India the best options to reach Seychelles is either
Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates or to be launched SriLankan
airlines. Ethiopian Airlines operate flights from Mumbai to
Seychelles via Addis Ababa. Seychelles was Ethiopian’s
41st destination in Africa and 65th worldwide.
Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said,
“Ethiopian will now provide more options for passengers
flying from any part of the world to the Seychelles and vise
versa to the cosmopolitan city of the living museum of natural history, where colourful blend of peoples of different
races, cultures and religions are found.”
The flight schedule is very convenient for Indians via
Addis Ababa to Seychelles. Ethiopian does have promotional fares and special offers for this sector. Also Star
Alliance Members will benefit as they will get miles for
their travel and gold card holders will get lounge access as
Ethiopian Airlines is a Star Alliance Member.
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“For a true Seychelles’ experience, it is wise to plan
your trip so to have a little bit of everything”
Seychelles Tourism Board recently appointed a new CEO, Sherin Naiken. In an e-interview with Global Destinations she
highlighted on what one can do on a visit to Seychelles. Excerpts
Can you throw light on the present tourism scenario?
At current we are 13% above for the same period of last year.
An indicative figure which shows that we will end up with a positive growth again this year. This number has been consolidated
by growths in our emerging markets namely the Far East, Middle
East and eastern European countries.
How do you place Seychelles as a value for money
One can very much enjoy an affordable and memorable holiday
experience in Seychelles. We have beachfront to Mountain View
accommodations, depending on your choice where one can still
enjoy a premium-personalized service. I would suggest your
readers to visit our Seychelles Secret website on www.seychellessecrets.com to view a selection of our homegrown value for
money holiday choices.
one to also include
islands on the itinerary, which will
however add a few
more days to their
also provides great
one to plan in
such as snorkeling, diving and
fishing. To enjoy our distinctive Creole cuisine it is worth to hop
around to the various Creole restaurants around the islands as
each of them offers their own specialty.
How do you plan to project it as a honeymoon destination?
Our everlasting summer period coupled by the simplicity,
calmness and laid-back atmosphere of our islands poised itself
naturally as the honeymoon destination. Secluded and taken
away from the hustle and bustle of city life, surrounded by
clear azure waters and countless of silky sandy beaches, Seychelles remains a dream honeymoon destination.
What should tourists plan when they visit Seychelles?
With countless of beaches, one will not resist relaxing and sunbathing for the major part of their holiday. However, for a true
Seychelles’ experience, it is wise to plan your trip so to have a little bit of everything. There are a lot of immaculate snorkeling
spots in Seychelles and if you are a bit more adventurous, we
encourage you to try diving, sailing and fishing. Your Seychelles’
experience is not complete if you do not try out the Creole cuisine
and experience its people, heritages sites and museums and of
course a walk in the streets of its small capital, Victoria.
What are the most popular sightseeing zones and how
many days would be ideal for a visit?
For anybody who visit Seychelles, they are drawn by the obvious of what our tiny archipelago is famous for; The world
UNESCO site, Vallée de Mai on Praslin, our second largest
island. The island is also home to the Anse Lazio beach, which
has been rated as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. From
there, it is also customary for the holiday-goers to hop off to our
fourth largest island La Digue, a cultural island. We encourage for
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What exactly is Seychelles Tourism Academy?
The Seychelles Tourism Academy is the institution in Seychelles responsible for the training of our Seychellois students
for careers in the tourism sector. The institution provides an
array of international courses where the learning experience has
been tailor made to provide our students with maximum exposure
so as to competently serve our leading economic sector.
How do you view the Indian market?
The Indian market is one with potentials for Seychelles. We
only needed to understand their travel patterns and holiday
options. Geographically, we position well for India for short
weekend off holiday provided we have the right air connectivity.
Is Air Seychelles planning to start flights from India?
Air connectivity is very important when we start to promote a
potential market. Seychelles is still trying to look for a direct connection with India. Right now, the most direct route seems to be
through Dubai or Abu Dhabi on Emirates or Etihad airways
respectively. However, I am happy to announce that later this year
we will be having a direct connection to Sri Lanka through Sri
Lankan airlines. That would definitely bring the destination much
closer to our market.
Cover story photos courtesy Seychelles Tourism Board