The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) took part in the recent Arabian Travel Market once more, showcasing the destination and its products.
The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Maurice Loustau-Lalanne led the Seychelles’ delegation to the Arabian Travel Market held at the Dubai World Trade Centre last week.
Speaking during the opening day of the fair, Minister Loustau-Lalanne said there has been a significant increase in the number of visitors, predominantly from the United Arab Emirates and other countries Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.
One of the factors which has contributed is the increase in the number and frequency of flights from the region to Seychelles, he added.
“When we look at local performance particularly, the United Arab Emirates and generally from the GCC region, we see an increase of 36% from UAE for the period ending March 26, cementing its position as a regional and global hub that connects Seychelles to the region and the rest of the world,” said Minister Loustau-Lalanne.
STB’s chief executive Sherin Francis said their presence at each Arabian Travel Market plays a major role to strengthen the relationship with key partners from the region, update the media and the trade with the developments of the destination.
“It is also meant to provide the visitors to Seychelles’ stand a better understanding on how best to promote the islands, get more product knowledge with the chance to meet our exhibiting partners: Air Seychelles, Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino, Eden Bleu Hotel, Hilton Seychelles, Luxury Travel & Vision Voyages,” Mrs. Francis said.
“With the developing popularity of Seychelles in the region, the Arabian Travel Market is the ideal platform to showcase the archipelago and further increase the awareness of the world-class destination to travelers from the region,” said STB’s regional manager for Middle East Ahmed Fathallah.