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Pirates! Crocodiles! Lost Treasures! Yes, these are all part of the Fascinating History of Seychelles...

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Possibility of daily flights from Seychelles to Mauritius proposed

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Maurice Loustau-Lalanne has made a proposal for Mauritius to look at the possibility of having daily flights between the two islands.

This was during the courtesy call of the Mauritian Minister for Ocean Economy Marine Resources Fisheries and Shipping Remdut Koonjoo on Minister Loustau-Lalanne.

Minister Loustau-Lalanne said air connectivity between Seychelles and Mauritius is vital and there is a need to increase the flights between the two destinations.

He added that if needed, a code-share agreement between our national airline Air Seychelles and Air Mauritius could also be signed.

The two ministers spoke on the latest developments relating to the sectors under their ministries. Mr Koonjoo briefed Minister Loustau-Lalanne on the new developments in the Mauritian ports, adding that the aim is to double the capacity as ports are vital in the development of the marine and blue economy sectors.

Minister Loustau-Lalanne said tourism is very important for our region and outlined the importance of the Vanilla Islands Organisation and the need to keep working together to promote tourism within this group of islands.

The two ministers also talked about cruise tourism sector. Also present during the meeting held at Minister Loustau-Lalanne’s office, Espace building were the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Michael Benstrong.


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Seychelles Tourism Board launches new blog

As part of its ongoing drive to raise its profile across social media platforms and fill the all-important knowledge gap about the islands, the Seychelles Tourism Board has launched a new blog: www.seychellesdiary.com

The new blog is designed to engage with readers and drive tourism business to the destination.
“We are always looking for new ways to create interest about our islands,’ explains the manager of the digital marketing section, Vahid Jacob.

“Blogging has become a very effective way of reaching our audience as it touches consumers at a very personal level, allowing us to impart knowledge about Seychelles and what it offers to tourists in a way that they can relate to, and also react to, by leaving comments on the blog.”

The new Seychelles Diary blog presents a fresh, user-friendly interface with a category section for quick identification of the reader’s specific interests and a galley featuring enticing images of the destination.

Resources allows access to various downloads and tips while the latest tweets about Seychelles appear conveniently in a box along with all of the islands’ social media platforms.
Completing the comprehensive design of the landing page is information about visitor arrivals to the archipelago and also an archive section. Every week, a new article covering the many attributes of the destination will be posted to the blog.


“We are confident that this new additional to our social media arsenal, will become an important influencer when it comes to choosing a tourism destination’, adds Mr Jacob.



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Seychelles’ Carnival to be incorporated into the Creole Festival
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A 'Korean Night' event will be held at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay hotel where you can savor genuine Korean cuisine and culture.

Here, the prize giving ceremony for marathon and half marathon winners will coincide.

Tickets are on sale at the National Sports Council.
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Seychelles records 33% in visitor arrivals last month

A total of 24,920 visitors arrived in Seychelles in January, showing an increase of 33% compared to the same period last year which was at 18,760.
According to the statistical bulletin released at the end of last month, by the National Bureau of Statistics, 93% of visitors in January were on holiday while 2% were on business or combining business with a holiday.
It has also been recorded that 56% of visitors were from Europe, 11% from Africa, 28% from Asia and 4% from America.
The leading six markets in January were Germany, China, France, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Italy.
The latest statistical bulletin presenting visitor arrivals for the week ending February 5, shows that a total of 6,996 tourists arrived in Seychelles during that period.
Hence, the overall figures for that week were at 30,300 visitors which was an increase of 35% above that of 2016.
With this increase, changes in the top leading markets were seen as China managed to climb up to first position and Germany became the second leading market. France, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Italy remained the other four leading markets.


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Tourism minister commends Beau Vallon hoteliers for quality services and products.

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Maurice Loustau-Lalanne said it is pleasing to see how tourism operators are putting great effort to upgrade and offer good services and products in the industry.
He said this while speaking to the local press last Friday after visiting several tourism properties in the northern part of Mahe.

Minister Loustau-Lalanne was accompanied on his visit by the principal secretary for tourism Anne Lafortune.
They visited eight properties in the Beau Vallon district, starting at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay hotel which is being managed by Pravir Mishra.
The 232-room hotel has been in operation for over 42 years and is now in the process of renovating some of its rooms.

Minister Loustau-Lalanne was given a tour of the establishment and had the chance to visit the rooms which are being renovated. He also met members of the management team and were briefed on the main challenges of the hotel.
The next tourism establishment visited was the Augerine small hotel owned by Andiana Hoareau. Augerine is a beachfront property which is made up of 15 rooms – three junior rooms and 12 standard ones.
The hotel offers breakfast and dinner to its clients which is mostly from the French market.
Speaking to the local media, Minister Loustau-Lalanne said the aim of visiting these properties across the country is to familiarise himself with the tourism industry as it has been more than six years since he has not been working in this sector.
Minister Loustau-Lalanne said he is impressed with the quality of products that are available in our tourism industry.

He saluted the workers of Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay hotel who have been working at the establishment for over the four decades that it has been operating.
He also commended the hotel for giving the guests a taste of our Creole culture, which he added that should be highly encouraged.
Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel was next on the list. The hotel has been around for a little over four decades as well and is headed by Denis Verkhorubov.
Another property visited was Sables D’Or Luxury Apartment which is situated close to Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel. It is owned by Vicky Lanza and has been in operation since 2013. It is made up of three two-bedroom apartments and a one-bedroom apartment.

Romance Bungalows, The Beach House, Georgina’s Cottage, Hanneman Holiday Residence were the four other establishments visited by the minister and Mrs Lafortune.
The owners of these properties have raised several issues which they said are affecting their businesses. These include lack of streets lights, loud music, stray dogs, black gnats and speeding.




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