Thursday, 13 June 2019

Notice: Entrance Fee at Veuve Special Reserve, La Digue

Entrance Fees at Veuve Special Reserve

Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) has upgraded the facilities in the Veuve Special Reserve, on La Digue.

As of Monday, the 1st  of July, all international visitors will have to pay an entrance fee to access the park.

The fees applicable as of Monday, 1st of July, are as follows;

  •        Admission into the Veuve Reserve, La Digue, for non-residents will be SR150 for persons over 12 years of age.
  •       Admission is FREE for children under 12.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Industry News: Seychelles Eastern European Roadshow 2019

Four countries, 4 days, 1 destination: Seychelles Tourism Board Team visited Trade Partners in Scandinavia

On May 27, 2019, the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) set off for its annual Seychelles Dedicated Roadshow in Central and Eastern Europe.

The event lasted for 4 days during which representatives of hotels and DMC companies from the Seychelles Islands had an opportunity to meet potential trade partners in 4 countries including Poland (Warsaw), Czech Republic (Prague), Slovakia (Bratislava), and Hungary (Budapest).

The events organized by the STB aimed at reinforcing the presence and image of the destination as well as providing a refined business platform for partners to meet with the leading tour operators and agents in these four countries.  

Ms. Karen Confait, Director Scandinavia, Russia /CIS & Eastern Europe and Ingrid Laurencine, Marketing Executive from Headquarters represented STB, during this intensive Seychelles promotion.

A group of eight partners representing the Destination Management Companies and hotel establishments accompanied them.

DMC partners on the Eastern Europe roadshow included Creole Travel Services represented by Eric Renard, 7° South represented by Marta Kalarus (Warsaw, Prague and Bratislava) and Krisztina Miklos (Budapest) and Mason’s Travel represented by Gerhard Bartsch.

On the hotel establishment sides, Marie Kremer represented Four Seasons Resorts Seychelles, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, was represented by Maria Eremina, Agata Sobczak was present on behalf of Kempinski Resort Baie Lazare, Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino & Berjaya Praslin Resort, represented by Wendy Tan and finally representing Savoy Resort & Spa and Coral Strand Hotel, was Svetlana Davydkina.

In Warsaw, the evening took place at the newly opened and stylish luxury Raffles Europejski Warsaw that opened its doors with brand new conference facilities.

While in Prague, the well-known luxury Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa was chosen to host the event, in Bratislava the dinner was hosted on a Danube River in the picturesque River’s Club venue with the beautiful view over the Bratislava Castle. The final stop of the Roadshow was celebrated in the Corinthia Hotel Budapest in a historic Grand Ball room.

In the four cities, the STB team opted for the train and dine format, which included a welcome mingle, followed by B2B meetings-during which all partners had a chance to present their products and discuss business opportunities with the tour operators and agents.  Events in all four cities were attended by over 200 agents, most of which specialises in leisure and some on in MICE travel. The dinners ended with a raffle, where guests had a chance to win prizes from the partners. The prizes included stays in the various hotels in Seychelles, transfer and excursion as well as memorable gifts from the Seychelles Islands.

The workshop format, which was added last year in addition to the presentations, has proved to be ideal as it provides partners more time for in-depth one to one discussion.

Speaking about the Seychelles dedicated roadshow, STB Director Scandinavia, Russia /CIS & Eastern Europe, Ms. Karen Confait, stated her satisfaction to see new partners attending every year.

She added that the event is also the perfect platform to catch up with current partners and to refresh their minds about the destination but also motivate them to sell. Through the various presentations, STB and the Seychelles partners are able to showcase the immense diversity and variety the islands have go offer, in terms of its people, culture, islands and properties and services available.

“Eastern Europe is a growing market for Seychelles and our dedicated roadshow over the past 5 years has been key in growing Seychelles share of the business. The two largest market in the region, Czech & Poland has shown a significant increase of 45% & 19% respectively for Jan to April 2019 compared to the same period last year. So far, the figures are very encouraging, and I believe that together with the local partners, STB can further develop this region, which has immense potential for Seychelles. Furthermore, the roadshow’ success could not have been possible without the support of the hotels and DMCS,” said the Director of Scandinavian, CIS & Eastern European Markets.

On their part, the travel trade in the four countries confirmed that the destination is growing, with the economy doing well people are looking for destinations like Seychelles for their holidays.

The Seychelles dedicated roadshow, a well-established event since its start over five years ago is now a highlight on the Central and Eastern European market.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Industry News

Seychelles to celebrate 250th anniversary of the first settlement in 2020

As announced by President Danny Faure in August 2018, the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the first settlement of Seychelles is to be held in August 2020.
A national preparatory committee chaired by Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive, Sherin Francis was thereafter set-up to spearhead the planning and organisation of the events.
The committee, which consists of the eight other members namely Jeannine Chung Faye, Emanuel D’Offay, Sybille Cardon, Oliver Bastienne, Tony Mathiot, David Andre, Cindy Vidot and Alvin Laurence, has been meeting on a regular basis to present an extensive one-year plan to commemorate this important milestone in the history of Seychelles.
Following the endorsement by cabinet on May 30, 2019 of the proposed plan to celebrate 250th anniversary of the first settlement in 2020, the 250 years national preparatory committee organised a press meeting to address the Seychelles press partners for the first time and unveil the logo of this historic event.

During the press conference held at the National History museum in the Settlement section on Friday June 7, 2019, that the committee also presented a brief overview of the calendar of activities over the 1-year celebration period, during which all Seychellois will be taken back through a historical journey of discovery about the Seychelles.
A series of planned activities for the 2020 celebrations will be launched on August 27, 2019; the activities scheduled will involve various events in districts and at national level.
“The celebration is not merely commemorating the anniversary of the first settlement, but it is also celebrating the birth of Seychelles - 250 years of Seychelles. As proud Seychellois, it is our duty to make sure that we celebrate this achievement as it should be,” said Mrs. Francis.

The committee chairperson also stated that a secretariat office will be set-up and that will be based at the Seychelles Tourism Board Headquarters in Mont- Fleuri, she encourages all Seychellois who would want to contribute their valuable ideas or make a contribution of their time towards the project to contact the secretariat on the following email info@250yearsseychelles.event.

Mrs. Francis also mentioned that throughout celebration period, the Seychelles tourism marketing strategy would carry the 250th anniversary brand to entice visitors to also take part in these historical events.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Industry News: Hilton Hotels, Seychelles

Seychelles History retraced through a gastronomy as Hilton Seychelles Welcomes Top London Chefs for ‘A Treasure Trail of Taste’  

Announced in May by Hilton Seychelles the series of gastronomic events inspired by the famous 17th century pirate, Olivier Levasseur, dubbed ‘A Treasure Trail of Taste’ will be launched as brothers Luke, Theodore and Nathaniel Selby - London’s newest chefs will disembark in Seychelles on Wednesday June 5, 2019. 

The project initiated by Hilton Seychelles includes an exclusive list of international chefs chosen to retrace the Levasseur’s sailing routes across Britain, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. 

Over the coming months, the Hilton Hotels in Seychelles namely Northolme Resort & Spa and Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa, will host a succession of culinary experiences. 

During their time in Seychelles, London-based chefs Luke, Theodore and Nathaniel Selby, will be charming the Hilton guests- visitors and locals alike and delight their taste buds as they will offer five exceptional gourmet evenings on both Silhouette Island and Mahé. 

Speaking of the Hilton initiative, Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive, Mrs. Sherin Francis mentions the destination’s honour to be part of the project. 

Mrs. Francis further stated that the project reverberates with the destination’s commitment to add value to our visitor’s experience by mixing two important components of its marketing mix- the Seychelles rich history through cultural heritage and its cuisine.  

“At the eve of the 250 years celebrations of the Settlement of Seychelles, what better way to celebrate than going back to the history of our country. It is mostly inspiring to have three young and prominent chefs visiting the Seychelles and bringing their savoir-faire to our aspiring Seychellois Chefs. We hope for them to leave Seychelles with a memorable souvenir of their stay that will bring sunshine to the dishes they will be creating after this experience with us,” said Mrs. Francis.

As part of their valuable contribution to the industry, Hilton Seychelles is collaborating alongside the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) to ensure the younger resident talent benefit from having 

Award-winning global chefs on the island. A selected group from the academy will be shadowing the three brothers over the June dates, with one of the top students being chosen to work side by side to Luke Selby in the kitchen, to help prepare the final dinner at Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa on June 19, 2019. 

For their part, the Hilton Seychelles said that they want to offer the best experience to their guests and residents of Seychelles. Judith Heede, Cluster PR & Social Media Consultant from Hilton Seychelles said “This kicks off the ‘A Treasure Trail of Taste’ project. Hilton Seychelles prides itself in the importance of being innovative and creative, and working with our local partners. This project is a way for us to transmit the local spirit,” 

With the coming of the three British chefs in the destination, brand Seychelles would be anticipating an influx visibility and maximization of its potential exposure. 

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Seychelles In the Spotlight

Seychelles shines in all splendor as Indian Ocean’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination 2019 in Mauritius

The continuous efforts of the destination in matters of ecology is once again saluted by the international tourism industry as Seychelles is crowned Indian Ocean’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination 2019 at the 26th Edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA)  held at the Sugar Beach- A Sun Resort in Mauritius on Saturday June 1, 2019.  

The World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean was held in a grandiose ceremony bringing together several hundred leading figureheads in the tourism industry in the African and Indian Ocean Region including Seychelles representatives Minister Didier Dogley, Minister for Tourism Civil Aviation Ports and Marine, Principal Secretary for Tourism; Mrs. Anne Lafortune and Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive; Mrs. Sherin Francis. 

The STB Chief Executive, Mrs. Francis received the prestigious award on behalf of the destination celebrating the destination’s active investment towards the environment. The WTA’s founder Graham E. Cooke was also present for the ceremony.  In view of the Seychelles’ active work towards environmental protection, the destination topped the list ahead of Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius and Reunion. 

Speaking of the honor of receiving the award, Mrs. Francis reiterated that Seychelles’ would remain a pioneer in conservation. 

“As a destination we are proud to be an example to the world, it is rewarding to know that our efforts contribute immensely in the protection of some of the most endangered species and their habitats. This award goes to all the people including environmentalists, NGOs, partners, lovers of nature who work effortlessly towards keeping our islands in a pristine state,” said Mrs. Francis. 

WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Hotel Updates: Hilton Hotels, Seychelles

Hilton runs one Hundred!

As Hilton Wordwide is heading towards the company’s 100th Anniversary this Friday 31st May, the three Hilton Hotels in the Seychelles came together to honor this special occasion by a team run around Mahe.

 Over the last century, Hilton has grown from a single hotel in Texas, to more than 5,600 hotels and 17 brands in 113 countries and territories, with a portfolio that offers a variety of ideal experiences for every type of traveler and trip. 

As part of the centennial celebrations team members from Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa, Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa, and DoubleTree by Hilton Allamanda Resort & Spa ran around the whole island of Mahe. 

Mrs Julita Jeremie, the cluster Human Resources Director was the first brave runner on that Sunday morning and kicked off the 100 kilometer track at the Hilton Labriz Lounge jetty at Bel Hombre and was followed on her way towards Macabee by her colleagues on a Hilton truck . “It was a challenge as I am not a regular runner, but it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed spending time with the team in a different situation”. 

General Manager of Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa, Mr Daniele Fabbri is more used to the track north of his hotel as he runs it a few times a week. He participated in the special activity and followed his staff and colleagues from Silhouette around the island. “The team supported each other one by one with an exceptional spirit. I was impressed by the commitment and I’m proud to work with so many great people. We look forward to another 100 years of success with Hilton”.

Having reached this special milestone the three Hilton hotels have organized different events for the hotel’s guests and team members over the past few months. The team of Mr Fabbri planted 100 Chilli plants in the hotel’s organic garden, while General Manager at Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa Mr André Borg posed with his people underwater, before forming a floating human hundred.

The special anniversary marathon was the latest action in the series of activities and certainly the most challenging. ‘’Today showed Individual commitment leading to exceptional teamwork, I am extremely proud of this high performing team and we showcased all the Hilton values in a fantastic way’’ Operations Manager at Hilton Northolme, Mr Duncan Bond adds. The amazing performances will be crowned now with a private function at the Bel Ombre Jetty on Friday, 31st to which the President is expected.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Notice: Increase of Excursion Rates

Increased excursion prices applicable from the 1st of June 2019

We wish to inform our partners that landing fees on Cousin island will be increasing as of the 3rd of June 2019. The fee will now be set at Scr.600 per adult and the same fee will apply for children who previously did not pay.

Also effective as of the 1st of June 2019, the Seychelles National Park Authority will be increasing its’ fees to the Curieuse National Park to Scr.300 per adult. The rate for children, 02-12 years, will remain the same.

Due to this change, we are obliged to amend our excursion rates. Please see the revised excursion tariffs below for the excursions affected by the increase in fees:

Full Day Cousin/Curieuse/St Pierre Excursion         Scr.2,450 per Adult      Scr.1,650 per Child (00-12 years).

Full Day Coco/Felicite/Curieuse Excursion              Scr.2,000 per Adult      Scr.1,100 per Child (No Change)

Day Curieuse / St.Pierre (seasonal)                           Scr.1900 per adult        Scr. 900 per child (No Change)

These excursion prices will apply as of Saturday the 01st of June 2019.

The normal additional charge of Scr.700 per person will continue to apply for Mahe based clients taking excursions starting from Praslin.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare hosts Botswana’s National Football Team 

Seychelles, May 2019 – The team at Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare were delighted to welcome Botswana’s national football team to the Seychelles last week. 

The Botswana team stayed at the luxury hotel in the lead-up to their match against Seychelles’ national team last Saturday, which they won 3-0. Many of the players were visiting Seychelles for the first time and remarked that they could not wait to return to the island nation for a more leisurely holiday. The entire team extended their gratitude to Kempinski Seychelles Resort for providing such an excellent introduction to the destination. 

“The Botswana vs. Seychelles football match has been a highly anticipated event on the island,” said general manager Masami Egami. “We are proud to have been a part of this auspicious sporting moment, and hope that we can welcome the team back to paradise someday.”

Friday, 24 May 2019

Industry News: International Cooperation between Seychelles and a Baltic Island

International Cooperation between Seychelles and a Baltic Island, Minister Dogley Visits German Beach Clean-up Project

The Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine; Didier Dogley, in the company of the Honorary Consul General for the Seychelles in Germany, Mr. Max Hunzinger, visited the island of Usedom -Germany’s easternmost island in the Baltic Sea on Friday 17th May 2019.

A duty call in the aim to witness first-hand a beach clean-up project that has already attracted international attention and thousands of volunteers.

The project was launched in 2018 by Mrs. Anika Ziegler, who was teaching tourism- related seminars to young people. Even though the beaches of Usedom — a popular destination for summer holidays — are among the cleanest in Germany, Ziegler kept picking up garbage that people had carelessly thrown away or that had been swept ashore. 

Recognising the dangers posed by marine debris and plastic waste to both local tourism and the maritime environment, Ziegler decided to take action and organize “Germany’s 1st Big Beach clean-up” on 17 May 2019.

“Everybody can do something and make a difference,” said Ms. Ziegler. “And it is not difficult at all”, she continued. The initiative received an outstanding response for participation from various volunteers. 

The event was officially opened by Ms. Manuela Schwesig, Minister-President of the state of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania. “I welcome the commitment of young people,” she said. She was joined by Dr. Till Backhaus, Minister for Agriculture and Environment, the Minister of Tourism and the other volunteers in the clean-up.

The international cooperation with the Seychelles started following a meeting in London between when Ms. Ziegler and Minister Dogley, where they discussed the initiative and the potential of collaborating. 

Even though the islands are thousands of kilometres apart, they found that islanders from different parts of the world had many things in common — not the least of which were the oceans, which are all connected and, in fact, form one single large body of water.

On site, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine and former Minister of Environment emphasized in a statement on German television, Norddeutsche Rundfunk, that everybody has to understand that “we cannot use our ocean as our dumping ground and that everybody must contribute their share in keeping our seas and oceans clean and healthy. They are after all, the main providers of resources, on which we islanders depend for our livelihood, whether we are in the Baltic Sea or in the Indian Ocean.” Minister Dogley was joined by four young volunteers from the Aldabra Clean Up project, Ms. Ashley Antao and Mr. Ivan Ray Capricieuse and two others from the Oxford University. 

After completing the first phase of the project on Usedom, twenty young people from Northern Germany will travel to the Seychelles in October, where they will participate with local youths in several beach clean-up initiatives on Mahé and at the same time study eco-tourism projects in the Seychelles.  It has been agreed that the Government of Seychelles, the Government of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania and the Usedom Project will sign a memorandum of Understanding to officialise their collaboration. 

Usedom is the second largest island in Pomerania. With an area of 445 square kilometres, it is, however, larger than all of the Seychelles islands combined, and has a population almost as large. With nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine, Usedom is one of the sunniest places in Germany. It has 42 kilometres of beach along the Baltic Sea. With nearly five million visitor nights, it is also Germany’s second most popular island destination. The major (Western) part of the island is part of the state of Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania, Germany’s most popular region for domestic tourism. A small part of the island became Polish territory after World War II, but since both countries are part of the European Union, the border is nearly invisible. Usedom is located only a few hundred meters off the mainland coast and can be reached by ferry or by crossing one of two bascule bridges.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Hotel Updates: Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Local Spirit at Hilton Northolme 

Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa has once more teamed together with local partners to offer a new culinary experience. Members of the Tourism Industry, partners and Hotel Guests were invited to taste a selection of innovative, organic Cocktails created by Seybrew and Seychelles upcoming eco-friendly farmer Jean Paul Morin.

Hilton Northolme has started their culinary journey earlier this year and hosted a vegan guest chef from Sweden, organised exclusive wine tastings in partnership with Mama Mia Deli and introduced the “Les Cocotiers” Creole BBQ on Sundays since then. The latest addition to the culinary offerings is called ‘’Mix it up with local flavors’’ and took place on Thursday, 9th May in the hotel’s reception area. It was the first event of a series the hotel will be hosting in the future and follows Hilton’s global commitment to increase its “big five” impact: youth opportunity, water stewardship, anti-human trafficking, protecting wildlife and local sourcing.