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Seychelles Tourism Minister launches a world and a Seychelles tourism hospitality first

Seychelles Tourism Minister launches a world and a Seychelles tourism hospitality first ( Seychelles Tourism Minister Alain St.Ange on Friday launched an international tourism industry first in Seychelles when he unveiled the seyGO Visitor Pack.

From September 2012, every visitor arriving in Seychelles will receive a FREE goodie pack, comprising a guide with complete list of where to go and what to do in Seychelles, a voucher for a free drink at a local bar-restaurant, a voucher for free entrance at a top discotheque, plus discounts on boating and diving, and a free map of the main islands.

The guide will be backed up with a free mobile phone app updated regularly with events and other information, and 60,000 out of all the arrivals will also receive a free Phone simcard with a 25Rupee credit built in.

The launch of the guide in English will be followed up by a mini-booklet offering information in all the key languages of Seychelles’ main visitors – French, German, Italian, Russian, and Chinese.

To top it up, visitors will be able, for a pledge of just US$50, to take part in a draw to win a trip of a lifetime for 2 for 10 days to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aldabra, home to some 100,000 giant tortoises, courtesy of the Seychelles Islands Foundation, that manages Aldabra; Air Seychelles; and the innovators of seyGO, a Seychelles multimedia company, iSEYco.

SeyGO was launched in front of a large crowd of Seychelles tourism industry professionals in the presence of international telecom company, Airtel, the sponsors of the guide.

Minister St.Ange lauded iSEYco for creating seyGO and welcomed iSEYco’s founders – Digital Innovator David P. Savy, the guide’s Publishing Director, and Writer/Photographer Gilbert Pool, the guide’s Chief Editor – as the new ambassadors of Seychelles tourism.

The seyGO guide will have the largest print run of any publication in and on Seychelles, at 180,000 copies per year, spread over 3 issues per every 4 months.

The next issue is due out in January 2013 and will highlight next year’s International Carnival of Victoria.

Said Minister St.Ange: “Despite the age of technology, visitors still look for the personal touch upon arriving in a destination. Once again Seychelles, small as we are, is leading the way in hospitality, and I trust the tourism trade will support it.”

Every member of the Seychelles trade is featured in the guide, whether they have advertised or not.

Speaking to the press after the official launch of the new guide, Minister Alain St.Ange said that through this new guide, the small entrepreneurs of the country will get access to every tourist landing in Seychelles. “Too often we hear that the small restaurants, dive operators, or big game fishing providers cannot get access to tourists in the larger hotels for them to offer their services. Well, if that was the case, the new guide will get to each and every visitor as they go through the airport arrival hall. Let us all use the services now available, and in so doing, get your services or product known to all our visitors,” Minister St.Ange said.

PHOTO: Minister St.Ange with first copy of seyGO / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism&Culture


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