Friday, 8 November 2019

Industry News

Seychelles strengthens GCC reach through a four-city roadshow

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), through its office in Dubai, in partnership with Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways, has embarked its fourth edition of the Four-City Roadshow staged in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait and Doha Qatar in October this year.

The roadshow comprised of a strong delegation including the representative of the STB Office in Dubai, Mr. Ahmed Fathallah; STB Marketing Executive from Headquarters, Ms. Winnie Elisa and   the Embassy of the Republic of Seychelles Tourism Attaché, Aliette Esther.

His Excellency Ambassador Jean Claude Adrienne, Seychelles Ambassador based in Abu Dhabi attended the roadshow in the same city.

Several partners from the Seychelles tourism industry supported the 4- day event in the various cities, which provided an increased visibility to the archipelago while promoting their brands and services.

These included AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, Constance Hotels, Hilton Hotels, MAIA Luxury Resort and Spa, Le Duc de Praslin, Castello Beach Hotel, Valmer Resort, Raffles Seychelles, The H Resort on the accommodation side.

Luxury Travel, Masons Travel, and Vision Voyages and Coco Charter represented the destination management companies and operator’s side.

In each city, the GCC roadshow gathered a roster from Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways team both official partners for the roadshow.

The four-city roadshow, which aimed at enticing the participants to learn more about the destination, recorded the presence of over 200 top trade partners. 

The event, targeted top trade partners in each city where all participants were given the chance to network with the exhibitors and understand the dynamics of the destination including Seychelles being a unique product as a multifaceted holiday destination, the diverse services and experiences the Seychelles offers and packages.

Speaking about the event, Account Manager for STB office in Dubai, Mr. Ahmed Fathallah, conveyed his appreciation in regards to the turnout, which indirectly translates, to their incessant interest to know more about the destination.

Mr. Fathallah further mentioned that the outstanding number of participants signifies the demand partners in the GCC cities receive from potential holidaymakers to Seychelles.

“We always ensure that the roadshow is included in our activity pipeline since we see it as an effective avenue to equip the travel agents and tour operators in the region with further information to better sell and become ambassadors to the destination,” said Mr. Fathallah.

As part of the promotional activities, attendees of the GCC event had an opportunity to win several prizes including trips to the tropical islands, at the end of the workshop in each city.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Industry News

The Seychelles welcomes Sky News Arabia to its shores

Sky News Arabia in partnership with the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), embarked on a 5-day journey to the Seychelles showcasing the Islands’ lush biodiversity and vibrant creole culture on the TV channel’s morning show, Hakibat Safar. 

The Hakibat Safar show, a weekly segment where the hosts explore cultures and attractions of different destinations, giving their UAE audience an insight into these countries, enticing them to visit these locations themselves.

During their stay in Seychelles, the Sky News team explored the capital of Victoria, enjoying the destination’s rich historical and cultural memoirs from the iconic Clock Tower and Natural Museum to the small souvenir shops scattered all over the town.

Taking advantage of the tropical weather, the team participated in several activities including zip lining and water sports such as diving and snorkeling in the crystal blue waters, observing the vibrant marine life.

Since a trip to the Seychelles would be incomplete without visiting, its pristine beaches it is so well known for, the Sky News Arabia team made no exception to the rule. One of those beaches visited by the team is the Anse Lazio beach situated on the second largest islands of the Seychelles, Praslin. The island is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vallée De Mai, where the team explored the site’s verdant biodiversity, including the Coco de Mer, the world’s largest nut indigenous to the Seychelles. 

To complete their memorable experience of the Creole culture and the destination, the Sky News Arabia team had the opportunity to indulge in a range of culinary delights within the stretch of their 5-day stay at the destination.

Mr. Ahmed Fathallah, Account Manager for STB Office in Dubai expressed his satisfaction to have had the prestigious television team in Seychelles.

“To experience is one of the most effective methods to entice the clients as they can passionately share their experience and advise which product and services will be suitable for each segment. We will continue to partner with esteemed entities in the region as this serves as a valuable tool,” says Mr. Fathallah.

The Sky News team was hosted by the H Resort Beau Vallon Beach during their stay.

After their trip, the Sky News Team was able to present their experience to their audience, showing them why the Seychelles is one of the most alluring island destinations in the world.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Hotel Updates: Denis Private Island

Denis Private Island Named Region’s Top Luxury Boutique Retreat

Denis Private Island is the Indian Ocean’s best luxury boutique retreat, according to the latest edition of the World Luxury Hotel Awards (WLHA).

The award was announced at the WLHA gala ceremony in Finland on October 12, held at the Arctic Treehouse Hotel.

“With just a handful of cottages on a private island surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, Denis Private Island has developed a unique niche for itself in sustainable up-market tourism”, the hotel’s resident manager, Werner du Preez said.

“We’re proud that voters continue to recognise Denis as a luxury retreat not for its grandeur or opulence, but as an immersive experience in nature with a sustainable footprint,” du Preez said. “We welcome our guests with authenticity and warmth and this is a lot easier to do when we share a passion for the island and how we want out guests to experience it.”

A photovoltaic power system that will eventually wean the entire island off fossil fuels for energy, a lumber mill for building materials, and a farm that provides the hotel’s fruits and vegetables, dairy products, poultry and pork, are among the standout factors that make Denis an attractive option for  travellers seeking a different form of luxury altogether.

“A WLHA award for Denis Private Island signifies that it is indeed possible to provide high-end hospitality while scaling back on imports in favour of local production,” du Preez said.  

Monday, 4 November 2019

Hotel Updates: CaranaBeach Hotel

CaranaBeach Wins International Award As Top Luxury Romantic Hotel

The CaranaBeach Hotel has added another honour to its young resume, with the hotel winning an international award as Seychelles’ best luxury romantic hotel.

This marks the fourth year running that CaranaBeach, which opened in 2016, has been recognised in the World Luxury Hotel Awards (WLHA). The award was announced at the WLHA gala ceremony held at the Artic Treehouse in Finland on October 12.

With 40 chalets overlooking the picturesque Carana Bay along the northeastern coast of the main island of Mahé, the CaranaBeach has quickly established itself as one of the islands’ signature boutique hotels, according to general manager Cyrille Carofano.

"CaranaBeach began with a vision to create a new category of boutique accommodation in Seychelles, and our consistent performance in the WLHA awards suggests our hotel has achieved that aim, especially for couples,” Carofano said.

Apart from the naturally romantic seaside panoramas that CaranaBeach offers its guests from the verandas of the chalets and the decks of its two restaurants, the hotel has also incorporated a range of experiences designed for couples to share together, such as a sunset sushi and champagne escape, or a breakfast-in-bed package.

“Being named as Seychelles’ best luxury romantic hotel endorses the atmosphere of charm and romance that we’ve worked hard to create at CaranaBeach,” Carofano said. “We look forward to adding another award to the collection on our wall.”

The WLHA allows international travellers to vote on the best luxury properties around the world in a variety of categories over a four-week period. The Mandarin Oriental in Bodrum, Turkey won the prize for best overall luxury hotel.