Monday, 18 December 2017

Seychelles in the Spotlight

Seychelles Named One of the "Coolest Destinations to Watch Out for in 2018 by National Geographic Traveller

Seychelles has made the National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Cool List 2018.’ This was revealed on the travel magazine’s website on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. “We reveal the coolest haunts, the hippest hangouts, the bucket list breaks and the enthralling escapes,” said National Geographic Traveller.

The 18 destinations, which the travel magazine said are set to make it big in 2018, range from the cities of Bristol in the United Kingdom and Buenos Aires in Argentina to countries like Sri Lanka and Singapore.

The destinations have been carefully selected by the National Geographic Traveller’s team of editors and writers. 

Seychelles is listed as number 14 on the ‘Cool List’, where the publication highlights the upcoming launch of British Airways’ direct flights to the island nation, in March of 2018.

“It’s a tempting route — a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, flying twice weekly, with a 10-hour flight and four-hour time difference prompting tour operator Scott Dunn to talk of long weekends in the Indian Ocean,” said National Geographic Traveller, which is recommending a longer stay to its readers.

Seychelles’ warm clear azure waters, dreamy white sandy beaches, like Anse Source d’Argent recently named one of the World’s 50 Best Beaches, lush tropical vegetation, otherworldly rock formations and excursion ranging from jungle zip lines to an up-close encounter giant land tortoises, are also highlighted.

The Seychelles Tourism Board office in the UK said, although it is unlikely that many people will choose the Seychelles for long weekend trips, the introduction of the direct flights and the buzz it has created on the market, will undoubtedly encourage more British visitors to consider the island destination when planning their 2018 holidays.

The UK & Northern Ireland is already enjoying a 17 percent increase in visitors to Seychelles so far in 2017. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the market has sent 20,634 visitors to the island nation up to December 3 this year, compared to 17,649 for the same period in 2016.

The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis said: “British Airways’ direct flight as of March 2018 has indeed created quite a buzz in the UK, and the listing is yet another testament that Seychelles is not only seen as this aspirational faraway, must-see destination, but it will soon be only one stop away from this market, which will certainly redefine how British holidaymakers view Seychelles as a destination.”

On top of being featured on the National Geographic Website, the hotly anticipated ‘Cool List 2018’ is also featured in the January/February 2018 issue of the travel magazine, which went on sale on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

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