One hundred and sixty-two passengers, the majority from Romania, landed in Seychelles on a special Air Seychelles charter this Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Seychelles International Airport of Pointe Larue.
The charter, first of a series, is expected for the next 4 weeks and will connect some 500 passengers to the small island destination, which has reopened its doors for tourism since March 2021.
The passengers disembarked from the A320Neo aircraft, Pti Merl Dezil into sunny Seychelles and were entertained by a group of local dancers dressed in traditional attires performing cultural dances and songs.
Making their arrival in paradise memorable, visitors received a small token from the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) while waiting for their documents to be processed by the health and immigration officers.
Present at the airport for the arrival of the visitors were the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive, Mrs. Sherin Francis, Mrs. Anna Butler Payette, the Managing Director of 7 Degrees South and the Air Seychelles CEO, Remco Althuis.
Mrs. Sherin Francis mentioned her satisfaction to have seen this project materialized, she stated; “The STB’s efforts and resources invested in the Eastern European market are being rewarded as we see the number of visitors from not only Romania but the region increasing. The implication of our national airline has been pivotal in making those charters a reality.
She further thanked the Romanian partner Eturia Tour Operator and the local collaborator 7 Degrees south for their involvement in the project.
On her part, Mrs. Anna Butler Payette, the Managing Director of 7 Degrees South said; “Eastern Europe represents an important market were we have diversified which helps whilst our traditional markets recover. 7°South is honored to be part of this project and able to help in increasing the destination’s visibility and arrival numbers. It has been a difficult year for our businesses locally and it is promising to see that Seychelles has not lost its appeal on the international market.”
Seychelles has recorded 15,465 visitors disembarking on its shores between March 25 and April 25, 2021.
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