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Tourism Sidelined at Seychelles SONA

Alain St. Ange, Seychelles

Mahé, Seychelles, 04 March 2019 – Seychelles President Danny Faure’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week has prompted the island nations’ tourism industry to wonder if it has been sidelined. Commenting on the SONA, Alain St Ange said ...

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Seychelles Bans Plastic Straws

Plastic straws in cocktails

In another step to help protect the environment of Seychelles, the importation of single-use plastic straws will be banned as of 01 February 2019.  According to the Seychelles News Agency, the island nation’s ministry of environment will ban the importation of ...

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Seychelles needs more hotel rooms

Seychelles Tropical Residence

Seychelles is facing a difficult situation in its need for hotel rooms. According to Alain St Ange, the former Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, the shortage of hotel rooms will impact on airlines because contracted ...

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Seychelles Launches Blue Bond for Healthy Oceans

Seychelles Blue Bond

SEYCHELLES, 06 November 2018 – The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first sovereign blue bond — a pioneering financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects. The bond, which raised US$15 million from international investors, demonstrates ...

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Taxis Block Off Kempinski Hotel Seychelles

MAHÉ, Seychelles, 28 August 2018 – Kempinski Hotel’s GM Masami Egami felt the brunt of angry Seychelles Taxi Association members for not abiding by the rules and regulations of Seychelles. Kempinski Hotel Seychelles was totally barricaded by taxis and no movement ...

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Tenerife & Seychelles Discuss Tourism Cooperation

GHANA, July 2018 – Meeting on the sidelines of the Routes Africa 2018 conference, key speakers Stephanie Wear Pintado of Tenerife and Alain St.Ange of Seychelles met to discuss the tourism potential and possible cooperation between their two countries. “Tenerife Island and Seychelles are ...

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Seychelles Counters Heroin Threat

For a small island State such as Seychelles, where tourism is the pillar of its economy and any challenge becomes a tourism industry problem, heroin abuse may pose a threat to its tourism industry. It is with this in mind ...

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Saint Ange on Seychelles Tourism #29

In this festive season edition, the editorial covers Seychelles beaches again being recognised as being among the best in the world. We also touch on Seychelles being a leader in the field of the Blue Economy and Sustainable Tourism, mentioning the ...

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Saint Ange on Seychelles Tourism Report #21

In this 21st Report, I tackle the concept of ‘Tourism for All’ without any discrimination, be it colour of the skin, religious belief, political affiliation, gender, disability, or sexual preference, and expound on the need to accept the concept; that what is good ...

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Africa’s Hidden Exotic Islands

Beach at Denis Island Seychelles

Africa itself is a fascinating, magnificent continent. To think that one continent could be made up of such unique topography and terrain, unlike any other place on earth, leaves one in a state of awe and wonder. From sand dunes, ...

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Seychelles Unveils New Website

The Seychelles Tourism Department has launched its official website allowing the general public and trade partners to have easier access to information on the department’s role, as well as the different services it offers. The Tourism Department falls within the ...

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Seychelles and China Sign Tourism Agreement

Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, the Seychelles’ Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine and Dr Li Jinzao, the Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on tourism cooperation. The MoU was signed ...

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Africa Hotel Valuation Index 2017

HVS, the global hospitality consulting firm and host of the THINC Africa conference, launched their 2017 African Hotel Valuation Index (HVI) at the conference. This year sees the fourth edition of the African HVI, which includes more markets and increasing ...

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Seychelles Tourism Board Relocates

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) will soon be running its operations to market and promote the Seychelles islands as a tourist destination from a new location. The STB will be moving from the Espace building in Victoria, on Mahé Island, where ...

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Saint Ange on Seychelles Tourism Report #10

My 8th Report concerning the lack of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Seychelles prompted significant feedback from readers. One particular point that was raised by a troubled reader is that construction companies tend to book a lot of airline ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #8

I start this edition with a quote I really appreciate from Winston Churchill: “You cannot reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every dog that barks.” Whether the masses realize it yet or not, Seychelles is facing challenging ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #7

Reactions from my Fifth Tourism Report revealed a marked interest across the board concerning the exorbitant costs of building material on Praslin and La Digue Islands. Government fees and levies on barges and cargo boats are crippling the tourism industry ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #5

Among the varied suggestions arising my last Report is the proposal for a Tourism Conference, an idea that I have been toying with ever since. The discussion in last week’s Report regarding the proposed ring-road from Anse Lazio to Mont ...

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Hotel Valuation Index: Africa

The third edition of the HVS/STR African Hotel Valuation Index offers critical information on 21 African hotel markets and the countries, including hotel value changes and projections through 2016 and intelligence on market dynamics. Numerous factors influence the value of ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #4

My 3rd Tourism Report prompted much feedback from loyal readers. One key point that was raised by many readers was the general and pervasive loss of respect for one another in the Seychelles. This was highlighted by stories of the ...

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Saint Ange Tourism Report #3

Welcome to Edition 3 of the Saint Ange Tourism Report from Seychelles. By Alain St.Ange. Many thanks for all the feedback and good wishes. To the tourism trade and your staff members in Seychelles, I can only reinforce that we are ...

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The Race for UNWTO Secretary-General

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) announced the names of seven candidates who will be competing in the race for the top tourism industry post of Secretary-General to replace Taleb Rifai when his term ends in December this year. ...

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Seychelles-Kenya Talks to Boost Aviation and Tourism

Thu, 06 April 2017 – Seychelles and Kenya have made great strides in further consolidating bilateral relations during President Danny Faure’s State Visit to Kenya. Some of the key agreements made by the two Heads of State have already transpired into concrete actions following bilateral talks on Monday. ...

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IGLTA Issues Statement on UNWTO SG

John Tanzella, the President/CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (ILGTA), has issued a statement to remind the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) member countries of the importance of this niche tourism sector ahead of the upcoming UNWTO Secretary-General ...

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Kenya Represented on WTFL Advisory Board

Since launching in 2009, the World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL) has been professionally supported by an international Advisory Board. Jacinta Nzioka of the Kenya Tourism Board has become the Advisory Board’s newest member. WTFL said that after a detailed talent search ...

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Seychelles Minister of Tourism Resigns

News broke earlier today that Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles had presented his letter of resignation to President Danny Faure, President of the Republic of Seychelles. According to the Seychelles News Agency, a statement from the president’s office on ...

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Seychelles Carnival 2016

The Seychelles Tourism Board has confirmed the dates of the 2016 edition of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria, the event set to continue to bring together the different cultures and people from around the world to one place. Dubbed ...

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Seychelles Biggest Event a Success

For decades the Seychelles has seen activities and events being organized but never before has one event captured the imagination of the people of Seychelles and earned their support. The launch of the Carnaval International de Victoria five years ago ...

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South Africa & Seychelles Cooperate

Tourism Ministers Derek Hanekom of South Africa and Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles met in Berlin as they led their country’s delegations to ITB. The two tourism ministers had met recently in Johannesburg and this Berlin meeting was an ideal ...

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Southern Africa: Island hopping at its best

The Southern Africa region consists of 15 countries, including Madagascar; Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania – perfect island hopping destinations. By Kwakye Donkor. The Southern Africa region consists of 15 countries, namely, Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, ...

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Art in the Seychelles

Seychelles is renown as a ‘melting pot of cultures’ but there’s also a rich tapestry of artistic creativity scattered about this Indian Ocean paradise that attracts an eclectic mix of artists and sculptors who can best be described as bohemian. ...

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UK trade rates Seychelles in Top 10

The UK travel trade has rated Seychelles amongst the Top 10 destinations in the world for the best wedding and honeymoon experience for 2014. The results have been published in the Perfect Places magazine which comes out once a year ...

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Property Review – Kempinski Seychelles

If a 6-star grading exists for accommodation establishments in the Seychelles, that would be my rating for this superb resort. From the friendly and efficient attention of staff on check-in to the luxurious room amenities, wide ranging facilities and ample ...

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Durban to Seychelles Yacht Race Announced

The ‘EAST 3 ROUTE‘ Organisation of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, Swaziland, Mozambique and Seychelles met with business community leaders in the Seychelles, on the sidelines of the Carnival International de Victoria 2014 – duing which a Durban to Seychelles Yacht Race ...

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Destination Marketing: The Quest for Funds

Tourism marketing, be it in support of destinations, attractions, airlines, airports, hotels, resorts or events, has become a very expensive game. The ability to reach audiences, attract awareness, excite interest, and ultimately to convert into action – arrivals, bookings, bed-nights, ...

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Magic Circus coming to Seychelles

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture together with the support of dedicated partners have confirmed that they will be hosting the Magic Circus of Samoa, on 20 September 2013. The people of Seychelles will ...

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