Seychelles guards its Middle Eastern ties in the first virtual Gulf Travel Show.

Seychelles strengthens its relationships with Middle Eastern travel trade partners through the Seychelles Tourism Board’s (STB) participation in the first virtual Gulf Travel Show on November 23, 2020.

The two-day virtual event united around 2,500 participants joining in from 59 countries across the globe, with the Middle East Seychelles Tourism Board Office representing the island destination in networking and paving a path towards the recovery of the tourism industry.

The first virtual edition of the GTS used an impressive and user-friendly platform which displayed the convention centre, a virtual hall, auditorium, and exhibition hall, creating an immersive virtual experience. Amongst the 40 exhibitors was the STB Team, who kept visitors updated about the destination, the latest safety measures and products. Whilst visiting these virtual booths, visitors also met with the representatives and had access to essential documents and videos.

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Seychelles Digital Day gives Brazil a taste of 'Another World’

The Brazil travel industry united for the virtual Seychelles Digital Day on November 10, 2020, led by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), in collaboration with representatives from the local tourism industry including hotel partners, DMCs and cruises.

Bringing together Brazilian travel agents and tour operators, travellers, the event displayed the destination and its diversity on thematic panels on the Bureau Mundo platform highlighting various aspects of Seychelles tourism.

Mr David Germain, STB Regional Director of the Americas, and Ms Gisele Abrahão, STB representative in Brazil served as moderators and ambassadors of the Seychelles Islands highlighting how being on the islands is the closest one can get to nature.

The event displayed four panels, each centred on a different theme.

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Seychelles makes appearance at virtual ‘WOW! Hospitality Trends Summit 2020’ -Africa 2020

The Seychelles Islands joined African leaders in the Tourism Industry to help pave the path towards recovery at the WOW! Hospitality Trends Summit 2020 (WHTS Africa 1.0) on November 24, 2020.

Joining an interesting discussion titled “Rebranding the Continent as a hot tourism destination”, led by renowned hospitality keynote speaker, Ms Dolores Semeraro the Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive, Mrs Sherin Francis conversed alongside her counterparts from the continent namely; the Chief Executive Officer – Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa, Ms. Lee Zama, the Chairperson of the African Tourism Board, Mr Cuthbert Ncube and the Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Town Tourism, Mr Enver Duminy.

During the discussions, Mrs Sherin Francis, shared the island destination’s experience and strategy for the recovery of its tourism industry and its contribution to restart the promotion of tourism in the region.

Mrs Francis provided strong evidence on the important role played by stakeholders from the government and the private sector through consultation and collaboration to put the destination back on its feet.

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The ‘Tourism Wi’ Campaign continues with the youth of Seychelles.

As part of the ‘Tourism Wi’ campaign, activities engaging with the youth of the island nation have taken place over the past few weeks.

Educators from some 20 schools around Mahé, Praslin and La Digue attended a half-day workshop conducted by the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) on how to sensitise their students on the importance of the tourism industry.

The workshop, which forms part of the activities in the ‘Tourism Wi’ awareness campaign, was hosted at the SITE Auditorium on Friday, November 13, 2020.

The training included the presentation and handing over of a set of educational resources for the participants to use when dealing with the topic in their classes or tourism clubs.

The material provided, tailored to address the importance of tourism, is a vital part of the campaign, which teachers were encouraged to customise in their classrooms to enhance its suitability and effectiveness, as well as share with their colleagues to ensure its wide use.

This campaign component was specifically designed to be delivered to children from P5 to S2.

In addition to this workshop, SHTA also organised a student panel discussion which took place on Thursday, November 26, 2020, at the STB Headquarters at Botanical House, Mont Fleuri.

The event saw the participation of a total 8 children from Pointe Larue, Anse Royale, Au Cap and Mont Fleuri upper primary who shared their views on the Tourism Industry and how it is significant to the country.

The discussion was produced by K-Radio Seychelles and hosted by Ms Patsy Canaya, who witnessed an incredible display of the students’ confidence as well as their articulate and well-informed opinions on the current situation being faced by the country.

This activity not only gave the tourism industry players an idea of educated and informed the youth are on the matter, but it also presented the opportunity to clarify common misunderstandings.

Run by Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA), the ‘Tourism Wi’ awareness campaign is a domestic campaign designed to reassure local people who might have concerns about the return of tourists to Seychelles despite their importance to our economy.

The campaign highlights how the Seychelles economy has been severely affected by the pandemic, which has trampled on the global tourism industry, and that Seychellois must band together to preserve the creole hospitality they are famed for.

The campaign launched at the STB Headquarters at Botanical House on Monday, October 19, 2020, and has run through two stages through various platforms including television, radio and social media.

The Seychelles Islands crowned WTA’s World's Most Romantic Destination.

Revered for its mesmerising beauty, the Seychelles Islands has been awarded the World’s Most Romantic Destination for 2020 in the Grand Final of the World Travel Award.

The pristine paradise was announced as the world-leading winner for this award following a year-long campaign and voting process on Friday, November 27, 2020.

The archipelago has long built a reputation for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world, attracting couples from all corners of the globe. Relatively untouched and religiously preserved, the islands serve as the perfect getaway for couples longing to escape the hassle of mundane life and create a deeper connection with one another.

These desires have only amplified with the current pandemic as many realise the significance of cherishing every moment. The tropical destination flaunts pearly, white beaches with turquoise waves, surrounded by lush mountains, which blend into the perfect exotic escape from harsh realities.

Mrs Sherin Francis, Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive expressed her contentment at the announcement as the destination being one of the winners for the Grand Final gives Seychelles the extensive exposure and visibility required to showcase its beauty and charm.

“Aside from the magnificent features of the destination, credit should also be given to our industry partners as they also have a hand in creating the enchantment and long-lasting memories that comes with a holiday on our shores. This award is a great honour given to Seychelles and our local industry and comes as a great encouragement during these difficult times,” said Mrs Francis.

The island nation does not just offer unspoilt natural beauty, but it also boasts numerous establishments where many couples choose to relax or tie the knot. This magnificent combination is what has hoisted the Seychelles Islands to its position as World’s Most Romantic Destination for 2020.

The World Travel Awards has been acknowledging, rewarding and celebrating excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries since 1993 with the brand globally recognised as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

The virtual award ceremony, a milestone event in the travel and tourism industry calendar, was also attended by other major decision-makers and figureheads in the industry in addition to leading trade and consumer media.

The honourable achievement follows the destination’s win for the regional Indian Ocean’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination for the second consecutive year for the 27th annual World Travel Awards. Sustainability and romance walk hand in hand with sustainability as key to preserving the romantic charm of the island paradise.

The Seychelles Islands Remains a Tourist Favourite

The mystical Seychelles Islands remains a fantasy escape for travellers across the globe and, although the vicious pandemic has dwindled travel, the destination maintains its allure.

On the path to a slow yet steady recovery, the tropical paradise has seen the arrival of 98,894 up to November 15, 2020.

Based on data provided by the National Bureau of Statistics, since re-opening to commercial flights on August 1, 2020, the Seychelles International Airport has seen the arrival of 9,272 visitors.

Since then, up to date, the local tourism industry’s traditional markets have remained steadfast with the UAE as the top visiting region with 3,065 visitors, followed by Germany with 2,328, Switzerland with 1,495, the UK with 662 and France with 298.

In week 46, the airport has seen 1,154 arrivals with the same markets remaining strong during this time hailing 628 visitors from Germany, 218 from Switzerland, 83 from the UAE, 72 from South Africa and 55 from Austria.

Additionally, since the resumption of Air Seychelles flights to South Africa, there has been an increase in the number of visitors from the region from 11 in week 45 to 72 in week 46.

Reviewing the recent tourism arrival numbers, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive, Mrs Sherin Francis stated that the current situation leaves little room for previsions of trends as travellers are booking very close to their travel date.

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