NO LET UP IN PROMOTING THE PARADISE ISLANDS
(Posted 31st January 2017)
The Seychelles Tourism Board exhibited at the New York Times Travel Show 2017 edition, which took place in the City of New York, USA, from Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th January, as the exotic island destination continue to look towards the USA for increased arrivals from North America.
The New York Times Travel Show, presented by American Express, is the conference and exhibition for travel trade professionals and travel enthusiasts, gathering over 20,000 participants, the trade show features over 175 exhibitors from over 130+ countries from across the world.
Seychelles Tourism Board Director for Africa & the Americas, Mr. David Germain, was present to meet the media, the travel trade and consumers during the exhibition at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center together with Mrs. Lylie Moolman from Luxury Tour Operator Giltedge Ocean Islands, which partnered with the STB during the exhibition.
In addition, a “Destination Presentation & Dinner” was organized by Giltedge Ocean Islands at a Prime Restaurant in the center on New York, and the twenty agents invited had access to product and destination information about the Seychelles.
Mr. Germain said ‘Seychelles was the only country present from the Indian Ocean group of islands at this important tourism exhibition in the USA, which brings together important African Travel Specialists, in search of product and destination information about Africa and the Indian ocean islands, it is important to continue to promote our islands consistently in this very competitive part of the world‘.
The Seychelles Tourism Board has been encouraged by the steady increase in visitor’s arrival from North America and has therefore increased its marketing activities for North America in 2017, by including marketing activities in Canada as well where STB will participate in both consumer & trade exhibitions and workshops as well in Canada and the United States.
For many years now, North American leisure travelers have associated Africa with one type of vacation, safaris and the Seychelles offers the North American travellers the add-on options which will allow them to experience other types of cultures to add to their African and Arabian experience. Cruise vacations have revived in a big way over the past two years and leading cruise lines are now covering several of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands and regularly call on Port Victoria, the main seaport of the Seychelles.
Flights between North America and Africa are available with South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines, with easy connections to the Seychelles from Addis Ababa and Johannesburg via a codeshared operation by Air Seychelles.
Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines and KLM/Kenya Airways also fly from North America with easy connections to the Seychelles, via their hubs in the Middle East and Europe.
Mr. Germain also had meetings with personnel of Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airlines at their respective offices in New York.