FRANCE REMAINS SEYCHELLES’ TOP EUROPEAN MARKET AS A LARGE TOURISM DELEGATION HEADS TO PARIS FOR TOP RESA 2016
(Posted 14th September 2016)
France’s leading international Tourism Trade Fair, the IFTM Top Resa 2016 will be back on the trade fair calendar once again from the 20th to 23rd September 2016 and the Seychelles Tourism industry will of course be present with a 23 member delegation representing 12 companies: Air Seychelles, 7°South Ltd (DMC), Alphonse Island Seychelles, Berjaya Resort Seychelles, Bird Island, Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel, Creole Travel Services (DMC), Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Masons Travel (DMC), Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Savoy Resort & Spa and The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach Seychelles. Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Mrs. Sherin Francis, the CEO of the island’s Tourism Board will also be joining Bernadette Willemin, the Tourism Board’s Director for Europe and her team at this year’s IFTM Top Resa.
The Seychelles stand is expected to be busy with meetings organised with the French travel trade, press and media, all eager to meet the partners most of whom have travelled from Seychelles showing the importance and interest of the market for the local Seychelles industry.
France is still the number one market for Seychelles with 3 direct flights a week operated by the national airline Air Seychelles and the various airlines flying daily via their respective hubs in Middle East and Africa. Air Seychelles’ Chairman of the Board who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Joel Morgan, however recently mentioned that the airline was in the process of adding more nonstop services to Paris, a move warmly welcomed by the archipelago’s tourism and hospitality industry.
Last year 37,356 French nationals travelled to the island destination. According to the Seychelles National Statistics Bureau 28,926 people from France arrived in Seychelles during the first 8 months of this year already. This represents an increase of 17% from the previous year 2015, which shows that Seychelles is still very much considered as a favourite and safe destination.
So far the trend indicates that the French market is set to maintain its number 1 position for tourism arrivals for Seychelles.
The Rendezvous with Seychelles is set from 20th to 23rd September on stand number B055 pavilion 7.2
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