Seychelles gauges economic effect of tourism and conducts 2-day workshop

Published on : Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tourism continues to be the pillar of the Seychelles economThe Tourism Department of Seychelles is going ahead with its objective to have tangible measurement of the economic effect of tourism that has long been the support of the Seychelles economy.

Stakeholders in the industry have been provided with a better understanding of the statistical framework, the importance of such a tool, as well as the need for relevant and consistent statistics to be made available.

For this purpose, a two-day workshop was held on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th July at the AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa.

The Workshop saw the participation of statisticians and representatives from the Tourism Department, the Seychelles Tourism Board, National Bureau of Statistics, Immigration, Finance Ministry, Seychelles Ports Authority, Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, The Central Bank of Seychelles and the Seychelles Licensing Authority.

In her opening remarks, the Principal Secretary welcomed all stakeholders back on the Tourism Satellite Account wagon.

Mrs. Lafortune said, “Being in the inception phase we are calling on all partners to be fully engaged in the process…As a ministry we are aware of the resource constraints faced by many stakeholders and we are prepared to work towards a method that is less tedious and overbearing on your organizations.”

The sessions were led by UNWTO attaché & tourism statistician, Mr. David McEwen. Mr. McEwen said: “We do have gaps and issues in the tourism statistic and I’m hoping that we put forward suggestions on how to deal with these issues realistically during the workshop.”

Seychelles welcomes thousands of tourists from across the globe each year. At the recent mid-year tourism marketing meeting, the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Mrs. Sherin Francis said that Seychelles aims to welcome between 350 to 360 thousand visitors in 2017 if the current rate of 18 to 20 percent growth in visitor arrivals is maintained.


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