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. 

Monday, 23 September 2019

Seychelles in the Spotlight

The Seychelles Islands celebrate the annual “Endless Summer” roadshow in CIS region

The Seychelles Tourism Board appeared in full flare for the third edition of its annual “Endless Summer with The Seychelles Islands” events, which took place in Astana and Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Kiev (Ukraine) in August 2019.

The events featured interaction with key partners from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region and presentations of the destination and its partners.

The “Endless Summer” roadshow seized the city of Astana on August 26, 2019 and saw the presence of 45 companies. The events included a tropical breakfast, a presentation of the Seychelles Islands in the luxurious UNO restaurant, followed by a B2B workshop.

At the next stop, Almaty, participants had an opportunity to partake in a workshop with one-one meetings followed by a networking cocktail reception, which took place in “Afisha”, a popular restaurant that was transformed into an exotic paradise, invoking the Seychelles atmosphere.

The following day, the STB team engaged with trade partners during the summer open-air festival in the Garden of VDNH Park, in Kiev, Ukraine, where the participation of 75 agents were recorded.

Taking place in a vintage orangery, the core elements of Seychelles flora blended with the rustic elements of the retro festival, namely its food trucks, scattered beanbags and fairy lights, creating a mesmerising backdrop.

The workshop and teasers were presented inside the orangery and was followed by open-air festival with lounge zones, picnic style tables and sun lounges.

The food stalls also contributed to the Seychelles Islands atmosphere with grill fish, seafood finger food, coconut ice cream, tropical smoothies and lemonades.
These successful events gave the STB team the opportunity to provide the perfect platform for local tour operators to meet the partners from Seychelles, to broaden their knowledge about the destination and discuss prospective collaboration opportunities.
This year in Astana & Almaty we saw participation from 7° South, Pure Escapes, Savoy Resort & Spa Seychelles & Coral Strand Seychelles, Fregate Island Private, Etihad Airways and Fly Dubai. Participants in Kiev included, 7° South, Pure Escapes, Fregate Island Private and Turkish Airlines.

“We are very happy to get such an opportunity to share a part of Seychelles with our dear partners from the CIS region. This region has great potential for Seychelles and our presence continues on such events with the support of the local partners will only help to penetrate the region even further” said the STB representative in Russia and CIS, Ms Olga Demina. “Year after year we record a positive growth from these important markets as Kazakhstan and Ukraine and hope that the interest in Seychelles will only keep growing”.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Seychelles in the Spotlight

The Seychelles captures the Israeli market at Trade and Media Events

Successful marketing mission held by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and its local trade partners has showcased the Seychelles Islands’ pristine beauty to the Israeli city of Tel- Aviv during a two-day event on September 11 and 12, 2019. 

The event opened with a press meeting held in Tel Aviv Centre, where approximately 18 tourism journalists and leading bloggers were present. 

During her presentations to the press Mrs. Sherin Francis, STB Chief Executive elaborated on the privilege of having Seychelles as one of the preferred destination to the Israeli market. 

On his part the Air Seychelles CEO, Mr. Remco Althuis, talked about the upcoming flights between Seychelles and Tel Aviv while STB Director for Europe, Bernadette Willemin, provided detailed information about the diverse offers the Seychelles has for visitors through a destination presentation. 

Mrs. Francis also took the opportunity to discuss the Seychelles’ close-to-heart ecological positions and green policies. Her interventions also updated the press about the Seychelles debt to nature swap as well as the Blue Bond project- a pioneering financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects,- whilst sharing the initiatives taking place in the Seychelles in terms of environment conservation. 

The press meeting was followed by trade presentations and workshop at The Setai Hotel located in the Old City of Jaffa. 

This event, was attended by the Seychelles Honorary Consul of Israel, Mr. Arie Goldstein, as well as 120 participants representing 55 different companies made up of Tour Operators, Travel Agents from both Free Independent Travellers (FTI) and Meetings, events and Incentive Travel Market (MICE).

STB Chief Executive once again emphasised the honour of counting the Israelis amongst the regular visitors in Seychelles, whilst highlighting the fact that the Air Seychelles flights will provide regular connections to the Islands increasing the opportunities for more visitors to enjoy the beauty of our pristine destination.   

Commenting on the importance of the Tel-Aviv marketing mission, Mrs. Francis mentioned that whilst a handful of agents and tour operators in Tel- Aviv were already selling the Seychelles, most had not yet seen its potential and now were keen on promoting it. 

“ We have received a very warm welcome from our partners in Tel- Aviv, from the feedback received on grounds, we are confident that, this two-day event has been an additional support to our marketing efforts to promoting the destination. We have definitely highlighted the philosophy of Seychelles as a pristine and green- must visit destination for one to tick on their bucket list,” said Mrs. Francis  

Aside from presentations by the different local partners present, exhibiting their products and companies, there were also business-to-business workshops, which gave way to one on one meetings. 

During the two-day event, a dinner cocktail was held by the STB, where partners were given a chance to network with invitees. 

The STB delegation and partners seized the opportunity, whilst in Tel Aviv, to set up appointments with key market players; there were meetings with major tour operators as well as Ethiopian airlines and Turkish airlines. 

Mrs. Francis further mentioned her satisfaction and gratitude to the participating companies who collaborated with the STB team to make the event a success. 

The trade partners consisted of DMCS including Creole Travel Service, Mason's Travel and 7-Degree South and hotels establishments namely Four Seasons Seychelles, Frégate Island Private, Avani Seychelles, The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, Constance Hotels & Resorts and Raffles were present to market their services for the two days. The team were also accompanied by the national airline Air Seychelles with representative Christine Ozouf.

Aside from Mrs. Francis, the STB Team was represented by Ms. Bernadette Willemin - Regional Director for Europe and Ms. Monette Rose Director for Italy, Turkey, Greece and the Mediterranean.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Industry News

The celebrations to mark the 250 years of Seychelles are officially launched 

It is in a ceremony at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles (ICCS) in Victoria, on Tuesday September 17, 2019 that the President of the Republic, Mr. Danny Faure officially launched the activities commemorating the 250th anniversary of Seychelles. 

The launch organised by the national preparatory committee for the 250 years of Seychelles saw the presence of several high Government officials including the Designated Minister, Mrs Macsuzy Mondon; the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Nicholas Prea; the Leader of the Opposition party Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan and the leader of Government Business Mr. Charles de Commarmond. 

In her speech during the ceremony, Mrs Sherin Francis- chairperson of the committee mentioned the colourful history of the Seychelles throughout its 250 years of existence and urged all Seychellois to be part of the celebrations. 

She further expressed her profound gratitude to all the organisations, including government offices, schools, private sector, artists, private individuals who have responded positively to the various media calls by presenting their projects and ideas to make the celebrations a success.   

“We are all honoured as Committee Member to be part of this celebration, but mostly it has been very humbling to see how much our Seychelles is a proud nation through the various contribution of their ideas and time. The celebrations remain a way for us to celebrate our beloved country and share with our next generations the real sense of the word patriotism,” said Mrs. Francis.  

The ceremony conducted in the three national languages of Seychelles opened its curtains on singing presentation from Angel’s Choir singing the blessing song “Ouver ou Leker” written by Raymond Clarisse and ended on a light note through a dance performance-dubbed “Nou Lorizin”-retracing the early days of Seychelles by the youth from the Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC). 

About the Committee 

A national preparatory committee chaired by Seychelles Tourism Board Chief Executive, Sherin Francis was appointed by President Danny Faure in August 2018.  

The committee, which consists of seven other members namely Jeannine Chung Faye, Emanuel D’Offay, Sybille Cardon, Oliver Bastienne, Tony Mathiot, David Andre, Cindy Vidot and Alvin Laurence.  

On May 30, 2019, the cabinet endorsed of the proposed plan to celebrate 250th anniversary of the first settlement in 2020. 

In June 2019, 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. 

On September 5, 2019, the committee met with the local press for a brief on the upcoming activities. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Hotel Updates: Chez Bea Villa

Chez Bea Villa adds Swimming Pool for Enhanced Guest Experience

Chez Bea Villa, located in the district of Cote D’Or Praslin, has added a new swimming pool which has enhanced the look of the property and added a new recreational facility which is very much appreciated by all couples, families and kids.

The pool is located right at the entrance of the property and blends in with the restaurant. The pool area is equipped with sun umbrellas and sun loungers making it an ideal relaxation / fun area. By night, the colourful lighting adds a sophisticated touch to the whole area making the evening dining experience a truly magical one.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Hotel Updates: Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa

A Family Escape in the Seychelles with Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa

New family activities and partnerships launched at five-star hotel

Often considered a destination just for couples and honeymooners, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa is welcoming families to buck the trend this year and visit one of the Indian Ocean’s most incredible islands with the little ones in tow. With a host of new activities, initiatives and partnerships now on offer, the five-star destination has everything to keep the kids entertained and immersed in island life as they take part in Labriz’s ‘Little Islanders’ programme and discover this hidden corner of the Indian Ocean.

Whilst mum and dad enjoy some much-deserved R&R on the beach, younger guests can head to Labriz Resort & Spa’s Kids Club and take advantage of a new schedule bursting with fun and engaging activities - from dance lessons and mini golf, to baking and arts & crafts. 

The on-site Labriz Art Gallery has also unveiled a new daily programme for kids, offering everything from painting and print making lessons with local artists, to cinema screenings. Those with inquisitive minds can take part in a Creole lesson and learn about the local culture; head to the hotel’s organic garden and see what’s growing; or enjoy a nature talk learning about the area’s flora and fauna – all organised as part of the Jungle Fun Kids Club. Labriz Resort & Spa has also just unveiled a new partnership with Disney Pixar to celebrate the launch of Toy Story 4, so children will be joined by Woody and Buzz Lightyear throughout their stay – including a fun kids pack waiting for you on arrival and pop-up events planned for the coming months.

Always one to ensure guests return home with unforgettable memories, Labriz Resort & Spa is now offering children the chance to become hoteliers for the day, with their Little Island Hoteliers Programme. Learn the tricks of the trade as you put on your chef gear and head to the hotel kitchens for a morning of baking and cooking, before becoming one of the housekeeping team where you can learn how to make elephants, swans and crabs with bath towels. Children will return home with an official certificate showcasing everything they have learnt – whether it’s the Little Master Chef or Towel Art Master award, little ones can be proud of their new skills!

Families wanting to spend quality time together whilst away won’t be short of things to do and see. Head out to sea on a sunset family cruise around Silhouette Island, learn to snorkel with qualified instructors, or enjoy a daytrip boat excursion to neighbouring islands, Praslin and La Digue, and visit Vallée de Mai National Park. Those with older children can learn to dive as a family or hike across Silhouette Island to Grand Barbe Plateau, keeping your eyes peeled for the giant tortoises! After an action-packed day, guests can book mother/daughter, father/son spa treatments at the hotel’s eforea Spa. 

The hotel team are on hand to ensure the whole family has a memorable stay from start to finish – whether it’s the children’s passport that little ones receive upon check-in, the treasure hunt encouraging families to explore the island’s incredible natural surroundings together, or the dance routine siblings learn together at the Jungle Fun Kids Club, a stay at Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa always promises to delight. 

Friday, 6 September 2019

Industry News: Israeli Trade & Media Events

Seychelles trade partners getting closer to the Israeli market in a Trade & Media Events

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and trade partners set to conquer the Israeli market in a two-day event in Tel- Aviv.

A marketing operation initiative prompted by the STB in the aim to bring the beauty and diversity of the destination and its myriads of services to Israeli clients.

Seychelles trade partners including the national airline Air Seychelles, Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and hotel partners will be participating in the event, which will consists of press meetings and trade workshops for tour operators and travel agents.  

The trade partners consisting of DMCS including Creole Travel Service, Mason's Travel and 7-Degree South and hotels establishments namely Four Seasons Seychelles, Frégate Island Private, Avani Seychelles, The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach, Constance Hotels & Resorts and Raffles will be present to market their services for the two days.

During their stay, the delegation will also be conducting sales call and Business-to-Business meetings as part of their activities on ground. 

Speaking about the upcoming event in Israel, Mrs. Sherin Francis, STB Chief Executive mentioned that this new opportunity would help in opening the destination to this blooming market.

“Israel is not a new venture for Seychelles, we count about 5-7 chartered flights from this specific part of the world annual. We are now consolidating our foundations in ensuring that the product is packaged in the most attractive way to increase its reach and motivate Israeli to have a unique travel experience that is the Seychelles experience,” said Mrs. Francis. 

During her official marketing and media mission in Israel, Ms. Bernadette Willemin - Regional Director for Europe and Ms. Monette Rose Director for Italy, Turkey, Greece and the Mediterranean will accompany Mrs. Francis.

The event, which follows the visit of Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Mr. Didier Dogley in Israel in February this year, aims at creating a platform for the tourism trade in the Mediterranean city in anticipation of the weekly flight scheduled by Air Seychelles as of November 2019.