Seychelles records 16% growth in UK visitors

Country’s figures reflect sustainable tourism efforts.

Seychelles is in great demand for UK travellers, according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics. 17,286 British visitors entered the country from January to 2 Sept 2018, representing a 16% increase compared to the previous year.

Britain is the Seychelles’ fourth biggest European incoming market, after Germany, France and Italy. During the period of Jan–Sept 2018, the number of European visitors grew by 7%.

Seychelles welcomed 235,640 international visitors in the year to date, only 1% more than 2017. Yet, records from the Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS) show that the country’s first semester earnings have increased by 27% compared to the same period last year. These figures reflect Seychelles’ sustainability efforts as a country that relies on tourism for 29% of its GDP. One initiative is to work together with hoteliers and business to eliminate the use of plastic by 2020.

Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive, Sherin Francis, expressed her satisfaction that so many tourists prefer Seychelles as a holiday destination.

“Thanks to the efforts of all parties within the industry, we have been able to achieve amazing growth in tourism earnings,” Francis said. “For a small country like Seychelles, where we emphasise conservation, it is important to get more out of each tourist instead of relying on tourism arrivals.”

Arrivals to the Seychelles are expected to rise steadily as airlines place their bets on the archipelago. British Airways launched new direct flights from London this year. Air Seychelles increased the frequency of its services between Seychelles and Johannesburg. Edelweiss Air's planned service to the islands launches September 2018. 

About Seychelles Tourism Board

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. It's home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to the nation's capital, Victoria. It is also home to the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and the world's most breathtaking beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka. With so many islands to choose from, each with an enchanting charm and character all its own, and over 65 beaches on the principal island of Mahé alone, visitors are sure to find their own piece of paradise for a little downtime in the sun and sand.

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