The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) has signed a marketing agreement with Switzerland’s leisure airline, Edelweiss Air, which is preparing to launch direct flights to Seychelles.
It was in December last year that Edelweiss Air – an affiliate of Swiss International Air Lines and a member of the Lufthansa Group announced that it will operate non-stop flights from its base, Zurich airport to Mahé, as of September 2018.
In the 3-year marketing agreement signed with STB, the airline has indicated that instead of its previously announced seasonal flights during the European winter season, it will now be operating a year-round service between Zurich and Mahé.
The agreement also establishes the framework for both partners to work together to promote the destination on the Swiss market through joint initiatives, hence promoting the flights.
Edelweiss Air will be giving visibility to the destination and the Seychelles Tourism Board on all its digital platforms, including social media and on its website.
The STB office in Germany has already organized several activities to boost awareness of the Seychelles islands among potential holidaymakers ahead of the new air link.
The STB Chief Executive, Sherin Francis said the marketing agreement will be adding to the marketing efforts of STB’s offices in Germany and other European territories, providing added exposure for Seychelles, among all segments and demographics of Edelweiss’ customers.
“I am very happy that Edelweiss Air considered the year-round operation as it means our relationship with them will be strengthened and their commitment to develop the Swiss market would be even greater. The Swiss and German speaking territories still have a lot of potential and the year-round flight will help to unlock these untapped potentials,” said Mrs Francis
The news that Edelweiss will now be offering year-round flights, has also been welcomed by the STB Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Edith Hunzinger.
“This is the result of long-term hard work and we are delighted to have now Edelweiss coming into Seychelles with another non-stop flight, adding to the number of non-stop flights from the three markets falling under the responsibility of STB Germany office,” said Mrs Hunzinger.
“I am confident that the new year-round, non-stop flight from Zurich will significantly contribute to boost the number of visitors from Switzerland not forgetting that Edelweiss can also carry passengers from the German, Austrian and other European hubs,” she added.
Once it starts flying to Seychelles in September 2018, Edelweiss Air will be connecting Seychelles to its global network of 66 destinations in 32 countries.
From sightseeing to trying new physical activities outside a normal routine, traveling is a great way to invigorate your wellness mindset –whether it’s taking a brisk walk to see a city’s landscape or trying locally sourced healthy food.
The American Fitness Index recently released its 2018 list of fittest U.S. cities, an annual ranking based on factors such as whether a city offers easy access to recreational activities and facilities, and how often its locals exercise, eat healthy, and have diseases such as obesity and asthma.
This year, Arlington, Virginia – just across the scenic Potomac River from Washington, D.C. – topped the list, closely followed by cities including Minneapolis, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle, Washington. For travelers planning upcoming trips (or locals considering staycations or restaurant outings), here’s where to stay or drop in to immerse yourself in the local wellness culture thanks to leading fitness amenities, healthy dining options and proximity to walking trails, parks and hikes.
Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C.: It’s fitting that Arlington is the country’s most fit city and is minutes from Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, where Hilton’s Five Feet to Fitness concept was born. The guest rooms include digital workout tutorials accessed with a touch of a button along with yoga, cycling, HIIT, and TRX suspension equipment for a full body workout. Beyond these unique rooms is the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center. Travelers exploring the area can also take advantage of Arlington’s 75 miles of trails and park space or numerous nearby golf courses. There’s even the popular local fitness studio, SolidCore, across the street.
A short walk (or bike ride!) away from Arlington is Washington, D.C. With the National Mall as its backyard, this city has no shortage of wellness-centric accommodations from Hilton. Traveling with little ones? Step just outside of the fitness center at Washington Hilton to enjoy a courtyard pool, children’s wading pool and sun deck with D.C. views including the Washington Monument. Unlike other pools in the Northeast, this historical hotel keeps its pool open a full six months from May 1 through October 31.
View from Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C., The Wharf [ Credit: Hilton ]
Traveling with Fido? The Graham Washington D.C. Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton and Canopy by Hilton Washington D.C.,The Wharf are both pet-friendly and close to waterfront areas for sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding or even just strolling with your pup. Guests can also take advantage of discounted packages and rates through the Capital Adventure Package through the end of the year.
Hilton Minneapolis [ Credit: Hilton ]
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Hilton Minneapolis just celebrated its 25th anniversary with a multi-million-dollar renovation boasting revamped wellness and dining options. Guests there can truly breathe easier, as it’s one of the first Hilton hotels to offer PURE guest rooms, which are allergy-friendly and treated with cutting-edge air filtration technologies. The hotel’s restaurant, Ten 01 Social, serves plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten/dairy-free options made with locally sourced ingredients. Hilton Minneapolis also has a Nice Ride docking station located right across the street that is constantly full of rentable bikes. With Minneapolis being the most bikeable city in the U.S., it is easy for guests to explore the city, while getting great exercise.
Try one of the area’s best hikes, Rattlesnake Ledge. [Image Credit: Steven Pavlov / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0 ]
Seattle, Washington: Seattle is a must-visit West coast wellness destination. Nothing says Pacific northwest like the historic The Arctic Club Seattle, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, a former social institution for men who returned from the Yukon gold rush after “striking it rich” in the early 1900s. It’s just blocks from the charming Pike Place Market, a farmer’s market that is perfect for active exploring. To view the city from higher up, try one of the area’s best hikes, Rattlesnake Ledge. Hilton Bellevue is about a 30-minute drive from the famous climb. It’s also less than a mile from the luxury shopping and dining destinations at Lincoln Square, ideal for unwinding with a healthy meal or purchasing some stylish new workout clothes.