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Seychelles set to break its own set target of visitor arrival numbers this coming Thursday

Seychelles set to break its own set target of visitor arrival numbers this coming Thursday ( The Seychelles islands are set to achieve another significant milestone in its tourism history as it will be welcoming for the first time its 200,000th visitor this Thursday, December 27, 2012. This figure is over two times the total population of the islands and well over four times the Seychellois working force. “This is an achievement, and when we look at the trend in many a tourism destination, we must say thank you to the Seychelles Tourism Board, the body mandated to market the islands,” said Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture.

From the arrival numbers disembarking Seychelles daily, it is now estimated that the 200,000th visitor will be landing in a plane arriving in the afternoon of Thursday, December 27.

The arrival of the 200,000th tourist will mean that the islands' 2011 visitor arrival record of 194,753 will remarkably be eclipsed at the end of the year.

To celebrate this key achievement of the Seychelles’ tourism industry, the Seychelles Tourism Board will be greeting its 200,000th visitor with a special welcoming ceremony at the arrival lounge of the Seychelles International Airport.
The Chairman of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mr. Barry Faure, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Gilbert Faure, will be personally present to welcome and present the lucky passenger with gift vouchers sponsored by Constance Hotels and Mason’s Travel, as well as a Seychelles Tourism Board gift pack.

Last week’s arrival statistic show that 195,386 visitors had arrived in Seychelles, which represents a 7% increase over the 2011 figure (182,667) for the same period.

The six leading markets to date are France, Germany, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and South Africa.

Tourism remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy, and the islands were encouraged to claim back their tourism industry when President James Michel launched the “Seychelles Brand” of tourism. The Seychellois were encouraged to get involved in the tourism industry and in so doing defend and protect the industry that remains the pillar of their economy. Today, the Seychelles government, working alongside the private sector’s Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) is seen as having managed a successful tourism industry for the mid-ocean islands.

Alain St.Ange is the current Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, and Elsia Grandcourt is the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.


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