Seychelles Tourism Board CEO: environment is the focal point of tourism

Published on : Friday, November 17, 2017

Seychelles Tourism BoardSherin Francis who is the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board had been interviewed by many high-profile media organizations while attending the World Travel Market (WTM) in London.

 

The 2017 WTM was conducted from 6th to 8th November.

 

The consistent tourism growth of Seychelles was one of the significant focus during the interviews with a leading news media platform and a few others news agencies as well.

 

Mrs. Francis mentioned about the current trend that when it comes to arrivals figures Seychelles is riding high on an 18% year-on-year rise in visitor arrivals.

 

She also went on to add that the new airline connectivity comprising the forthcoming direct service from Heathrow to Seychelles by British Airways from March 2018 while highlighting attempts to lure more travellers to the island destination while emphasizing on the importance of sustainable tourism.

 

She added that for a few years that have been witnessing double-digit growth and would end this year on around 350,000 tourists.

 

Mrs. Francis feels that this might seem modest but they represent an island nation of about 90,000 people and they do not require large numbers of tourists. It is about quality and definitely not quantity. Her interview further discusses the issue how the island country is working on its attempts to improve the regional environment apart from balancing the surge of international travellers.

 

The nationwide ban on common plastic items comprising carrier bags, cups, cutlery and plates that had come into effect in Seychelles in July this year.

 

This was highlighted as one instance of initiatives that was taken to safeguard the environment.

 

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