Saturday, 5 October 2019

Hotel Updates: Banyan Tree Seychelles

Saffron Thai Festival

Save the dates October 11 to 13th and join us at the Thai Festival 2019 – Banyan Tree Seychelles

We will take you into a magical escape full of tastes and culinary emotions.

Indulge in a pop-up menu inspired by our chefs from our organic garden 

Friday, 4 October 2019

Conservation News

CaranaBeach clean up efforts target litter at Northeast Point

Staff from the CaranaBeach Hotel took to the beaches and roads of north-eastern Mahé last Friday to do their bit for the Clean Up the World Campaign.

Combing the beaches for litter along Northeast Point, a stretch of white-sand with CaranaBeach at its northern-most end, yielded 15 bags of rubbish in an activity carried out in partnership with the Green Islands Foundation (GIF), a local environmental and conservation NGO.

Although Seychelles has a well-earned reputation for its environmental track record and pristine beaches, the islands are not immune to the build-up of plastic waste that are increasingly invading the world’s oceans. 

Since the opening of CaranaBeach in 2016, one of its core commitments has been the principle of sustainability, according to CaranaBeach General Manager Cyrille Carofano. 

“We have pledged to ensure this through our day to day operational practices and services, the sourcing of local ingredients, our support for conservation in Seychelles and embarking on new partnerships,” Carofano said.

In collaboration with GIF, CaranaBeach has identified a range of areas to reduce the footprint of its environmental impact through its Sustainability and Action Plan for 2019-2021. The plan considers not only conservation and management of water, waste and energy, but also human and cultural elements toward creating a more beneficial environment for its staff and surrounding community, not to mention awareness and education of visiting guests.

“Doing our part for internationally recognised events like World Clean Up Day during the campaign helps our staff make the connection that what we do here matters, even if we are an isolated island, because we can see clearly that the actions of rest of the world does impact us,” Carofano said.

About CaranaBeach: The CaranaBeach Hotel, with its 40 villas suspended along a steep hillside overlooking one of Seychelles’ most dramatically picturesque beaches, offers a unique category of boutique accommodation. A family-owned establishment on Mahé’s tranquil northeast coast, CaranaBeach is a reflection of the raw, unprocessed character of Seychelles, with modern twists on traditional colonial architecture, contemporary ocean-themed décor and a home-grown culture of genuine Seychellois hospitality.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Hotel Updates: Maia Luxury Resort and Spa

Paradise Unearthed

Allow your senses to be seduced when you step into the secluded luxury of M AIA. Where your every whim is attended to and your every desire is fulfi lled. Where our culinary skills, exclusive accommodation and personal service will massage your every sense. Discover bliss and beyond in your private peninsula in the Seychelles.

Reawaken your senses and rediscover you.

• Inclusive of a 15 minute helicopter scenic fl ight with ZilAir or 
  a half-day tour of Mahé by car
• Valid for all Villa categories
• Stay a minimum of 5 consecutive nights (cumulative)
• Applicable on MAIA Beyond All Inclusive basis
• Valid for new FIT bookings only. Not retroactive
• Standard payment and cancellation policy apply
• Combinable with Pay/Stay offer and Kids policy only
• Not combinable with Early Bird offer and Honeymoon offer

Validity: Bookable from 01 September - 30 November 2019
Stay period 01 September - 23 December 2019

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Industry News

Seychelles Tourism Board led Local Trade Partners on Réunion Roadshow

Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and its local partners embarked on a roadshow in Réunion, Saint -Gilles- Les Bains from September 16, 2019 to September 17, 2019.

The event was organised by the STB team in Reunion who prepared presentations and workshops so that they could equip Réunion Travel Trade professionals with the tools to further boost the wave of Réunion Holiday makers in Seychelles. These sessions attracted over 40 agents. 

The Réunion roadshow saw participation from local partners comprising of 7° degrees South, Mason’s Travel, Seychelles European Reservation, Summer Rain Tours, Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa and Patatran Hotel.

The STB team consisted of Mrs. Bernadette Willemin, Director Regional Europe and Ms. Bernadette Honore, Senior Marketing Executive from the STB Réunion office.

Whilst the first session consisted of presentations showing travel trade front liners staff across Réunion about what the Seychelles has to offer its visitors, the second session focused on training the Réunion Travel Trade professionals specialising in group business.  

This destination and product training initiative provided the professionals with a better understanding about the Seychelles products so that they have enough information to encourage travellers to visit Seychelles. 

The STB team also received the support of the Reunion airline partner Air Austral- that provides direct connectivity to the Seychelles- as they delivered product knowledge presentations. 

Commenting on the Réunion Road show, Mrs Bernadette Willemin, Director Regional Europe, stated the STB’s commitment to increase visibility and knowledge of the product to all its partners. 

“Destination and product trainings are of utmost importance in this competitive tourism world and our role as a marketing tourism professionals specialist is to ensure that the travel trade professionals we interact with to sell Seychelles are well versed with our products and confident to sell our destination” said Bernadette Willemin. 

Mrs. Willemin emphasised that the product-focussed training sessions are a success with the help of the trade from Seychelles.

She added, “The STB with the collaboration of its partners will continue to organise such activity on the market making sure that our Reunionais partners have all the knowledge to attend to the clients’ requests and convert them into sales”.    

The training sessions closed with Business-to-Business meetings, where the participants had the opportunity to hold discussions with local Trade partners and Reunion Travel Trade professionals. 

Members of the trade present commented unanimously that the roadshow organised by the STB team in Reunion was very successful. 

They stated that the local workshop sessions were well structured and gave them an opportunity to meet various partners from different tourism fields. 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Hotel Updates: Village du Pécheur

Village du Pécheur

Located on Cote D’Or beach on the island of Praslin, Village du Pecheur, recently refreshed, offers to the most discerning guest a unique tropical island holiday experience. This boutique hotel offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms with a balcony or patio overlooking to the crystal clear blue seas of the Indian Ocean. The hotel offers 14 Ocean View rooms and Junior Suites in the main hotel building as well as 5 garden view rooms in the annex building. 

All Ocean view rooms and Junior Suites have been refreshed with :

 - new coat of paint 

 - re-furnished with : 
o beds and mattresses 
o solid wood furniture (side table, TV stand, center and tea tables) 
o new soft sofas in the ocean view and Junior Suites, 
o L-shape sofas in the Junior suites
 o new table lamp o new curtains. 
o new flat screen TV 
o fixtures and other furniture are re-polished 

- WIFI is available in all the rooms as well as the common areas. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant in a relax atmosphere overlooking the spectacular view of the beach and the ocean. Guest can enjoy international and local Seychellois cuisines including freshly caught fish cooked a la Creole with an infusion of local spices and sauces. Our guest can also enjoy mouth-watering cocktails throughout the day at the Coco de Mer lounge bar as well as the restaurant terrace. The restaurant furniture has also been refreshed.

 The hotel is equipped with 14 sea facing rooms: Ocean view, Junior Suites.
All the rooms are equipped with amenities to make your stay comfortable. Our Ocean view room can accommodate up to two adults. The Junior Suites can accommodate 2 adults plus an extra bed.

In the coming weeks the reception will also be receiving new furniture and garden rooms will also be refreshed.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Industry News

Destination Seychelles and its Trade Partners all set for IFTM Top Resa 2019

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and their trade partners are gearing up to be part of the 41st edition of the IFTM Top Resa 2019 in France.
The four-day event is set to take place in Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, from the October 1, 2019 to October 4, 2019.
The delegation is being headed by Minster Didier Dogley, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marines and is accompanied by the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs. Sherin Francis.
Alongside the Minister and STB Chief Executive, Mrs Bernadette Willemin STB Europe Director, the STB Paris team and representatives from the STB Seychelles Headquarters will be ensuring that the Seychelles will shine once again at the IFTM Top Resa.

The STB Team will work diligently with the support of the trade partners from Seychelles -consisting of 7° South, Savoy Resort & Spa, Coral Strand Hotel, Mason’s Travel, Hilton Hotels, Creole Travel Services, Banyan Tree Hotel and Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort-with the aim to increase the visibility of the destination, selling the destination as a must-visit place in the world as well as marketing the various products and services available in the Seychelles.
The event further presents STB and its partners with a platform that gives access to business-to-business meetings with key industry players, not mentioning the opportunity to network, increase understanding of the French market, as well as catch up to the latest market developments and trends.
At the eve of one of the biggest trade event in France, Mrs. Francis mentioned the eagerness of the STB to be present.
“It is an exciting time for the Seychelles, we are confident that this edition of the IFTM Top Resa be one which reconnects our destination with our French audience. We are looking forward to be present alongside our trade partners from Seychelles,” said the STB Chief Executive.
The Seychelles has been an avid participant in the IFTM Top Resa, France’s main international tourism trade fair, over the years.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Seychelles Resort celebrates Braai Day in Seychelles

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare, together with East Indies Co. and Apex Hotel Supplies, celebrated Braai Day on 24 September with an authentic wine and meat pairing led by award-winning winemaker Niel Bester.

Each year, on 24 September, South Africans across the globe recognise Braai Day: a celebration of the rainbow nation’s favourite national pastime. This year, Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare invited Seychelles’ South African diaspora and industry professionals to celebrate Braai Day in the exclusive south-end of Mahé with an authentic wine and meat pairing.

The wine tasting was led by special guest speaker Niel Bester – an award-winning South African winemaker, who introduced the crowds to some of the top labels distributed across the islands by East Indies Co. Each wine was expertly paired with top cuts of meat sourced from South Africa and supplied by Apex Hotel Supplies.

The event was the first of its kind for the luxury hotel, which saw hotel guests seated side-by-side with the island’s top food and beverage professionals and members of the community, for a companionable, laid-back meal. Guests were invited to learn more about the wines on offer, as well as the South African wine industry and its reach into Seychelles.

“A braai – or barbecue – is an open invitation to people from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds to unite around a fire and enjoy a shared appreciation of good food, wine and good company,” said Kempinski Seychelles Resort’s executive chef, Hamzeh Abu El-Foul. “That was the ambience we hoped to create tonight and, judging by the feedback we’ve received, we managed to achieve just that.”

“In true Kempinski style, our team has created another beautiful performance for our guests, by combining our love of gastronomy with our curious nature to explore and embrace the unique customs of different destinations,” said General Manager Masami Egami. “We are grateful to our partners for their constant support and for helping create such a memorable celebration of social cohesion, tonight.”

The hotel commented that they are looking forward to hosting similar events in the future.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Conservation News

International Coastal Cleanup Day at Fregate Island Private

The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline.

At Fregate Island Private, on the 21st of September, many team members of different departments came together to clean up around Fregate Island Privates‘ beaches. There has been lots of material collected. 

The volunteers, part of the Conservation Team, created a sculpture, made out of Flip Flops collected in the past month along our beaches.

Make a difference! Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Seychelles in the Spotlight

The Seychelles Islands’ stand highly appreciated during the consular celebrations in Lyon

The 18th edition of “les fêtes consulaires” were held between September 14 and 15, 2019 in Lyon, the second largest city in France. Les Fêtes Consulaires is a friendly gathering for different consulates based in Lyon, where they can promote their respective countries to the 23,000 visitors who attend the event.

Amongst the 50 consulates present was the newly re-opened Consulate of Republic of Seychelles represented by Mrs. Virginie Mathieu, the new appointed honorary Consul for Seychelles in the region Auvergne Rhône Alpes.

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Office in Paris represented by STB marketing executive, Ms. Valerie Payet, had the honour to be present alongside Mrs. Mathieu to showcase Seychelles as a must-visit destination.

The Seychelles corner displayed some of the islands most distinguished features, namely the tropical forests filled with a vast variety of flora and fauna, as well as the prominent beaches.

Over the two days of festivities, the Seychelles consulate’s stand attracted individuals of all ages with its vibrant presentations of the Seychelles Islands. Ms. Payet present on site had the opportunity to interact with numerous visitors to promote the destination and its several wonders.

Together with the Consulate and the STB team in Paris, Club Med representatives was also present at the event and took the opportunity to promote their upcoming property in Seychelles, a five Trident Exclusive Collection Resort on Sainte Anne Island, set to open its doors in 2020.

During the official opening of the village, the STB team was honored by the presence of Mr. Gérard Collomb, Mayor of Lyon.

Visitors of the Seychelles stand included His Excellency Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde, Seychelles Ambassador in France, Mr. Ralph Agrippine, Minister’s Advisor at the
embassy and Mr. Jean-François Noaro, Honorary Consul for Seychelles in Monaco.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Industry News

Seychelles shines at Modetour Travel Mart 2019

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) participated for the first time in the sixth Mode Tour Travel Mart exhibition from the September 5 to September 8, 2019, at COEX exhibition center, in Seoul South Korea.  

The four-day exhibition for the trade and consumers garnered the participation of 57 destinations, with 550 booths from 420 organizations and companies, including tourism boards, airlines and hotels. 

Mrs. Amia Jovanovic Desir, the STB Director for India, South Korea, Australia and South East Asia and Mrs. Judy Yun, Account manager of the STB Office in South Korea represented Seychelles at the exhibition. 

The STB Director mentioned that the STB’s presence at the South Korean trade event follows the warm welcome received in the country as the STB team conducted a sales visit in June this year. 

Team Seychelles had a prime marketing opportunity to market the destination to South Korean trade partners on the first event day, which was Business-to-Business event.  

As part of its strong strategic approach to further encourage selling the destination at the event, the STB team launched the sales contest; an initiative to reward the top three agents who have sold the most packages between October 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 with an opportunity to conduct an educational familiarization trip to Seychelles.

The concept was received successfully as numerous partners and travel professionals who visited the STB stand showed strong interest to join the contest.

 The South Korean agents present at the exhibition also received a copy of the list of the Destination Management Companies, (DMCs) in Seychelles.

The last three days of the fair were dedicated for individual consumers. Reiterating the success encountered on the first day with the trade partners, the STB team witnessed with pleasure positive response on the consumer Spinning Roulette Event initiative organized at the STB stand to catch the attention of visitors. 

The fun based initiative require for each participant to say the word “Seychelles” out loud and spinning the roulette to receive a branded item from STB including a water bottle or sports towels. 

As members of the public waited to spin the roulette, they had the chance to view Seychelles destination videos as well as the different promotional materials, which the team distributed to them.

Speaking about the success of the three consumer days, Mrs. Jovanovic Desir mentioned that the STB stand received over 1500 visitors including families, couples and children, who enjoyed the roulette and at the same time got the chance to learn about Seychelles. 

“We had an opportunity to engage visitors planning to visit and explore our islands on their next holiday, they had the opportunity to seek additional information and queried of how to best to organize their visit. It is essential to add that there is a broad range and balance of segmented interest, apart from the usual thinking that Seychelles is only a honeymoon destination for the South Koreans,” said the STB Director at the event.