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Seychelles Tourism Board forecasts closing the year 15 percent above 2014 tourism arrival figures

Seychelles Tourism Board forecasts closing the year 15 percent above 2014 tourism arrival figures ( The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) is forecasting closing the year with a tourism arrival figure which will be 15% above that of 2014.

In 2014, the Seychelles Tourism Board managed to consolidate its tourism arrival figures from its traditional European markets and its new emerging ones, bringing the destination to 1% above the 2013 arrival figures.

This feat happened despite the numerous challenges the industry faced in 2014, such as the loss of air connectivity from Emirates’ reduced flights when works were being carried out at Dubai Airport, as well the loss of Air Austral and Ethiopian airlines for a certain period of the year, together with the suspension of flights to the islands by Qatar Airways.

Despite last year being a volatile year for the tourism industry, the Seychelles Tourism Board closed the business year forecasting 5% above 2014 tourism arrival figures.

Sherin Naiken, Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said “mainly all markets are showing signs of rebound except for Russia, struck by domestic politico-economic crisis.”

She added, countries like Spain are a high-yield market with its arrival figures not as significant as the leading markets but also showing signs of growth.

Tourism arrival figures for the second quarter of the year (January-June) published by the National Bureau of Statistics reflect an increase of 13% compared to the same period in 2014 (16, 864).

By the end of Sunday, June 28, tourism arrival figures were 15% above that of 2014.

The CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board said 2015 will end with a 15% increase in tourism arrival figures compared to the previous year.

“The second quarter of the year has been positive for the Seychelles Tourism Board. For the remaining third and fourth quarter of the year, with forward bookings coming in, we believe we will close on a positive note. We should also bear in mind October was the strongest month on record for 2014 with 23,312 visitors, 197 more arrivals than the second best in April,” noted Sherin Naiken, Chief Executive Officer of Seychelles Tourism Board.


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