At FITUR, Seychelles compete with Spanish & Portuguese tourists

 Tuesday, February 1, 2022 


Recently in Madrid, holiday lovers had a chance to grab additional information about Seychelles at a Seychellois tourism stand at FITUR, an international trade fair.

Bernadette Willemin, the director general for destination marketing, led the team of Seychelles together with Monica Gonzalez Llinas, the marketing executive for Tourism Seychelles for Spain and Portugal. They met with professionals of travel and local media from January 19-21.

On Wednesday in a press statement, Willemin, explained that the Iberian Peninsula occupied by Spain and Portugal is best fit with Seychelles’s tourism development policy as visitors from the region are quite light-hearted and good spenders.

“The business is supported by both the Spanish and Portuguese trade, as well as the local travel trade in the Seychelles and Spain contributes the lion’s share of the business,” she said.

As per the tourism department, from January to December 2021, 3,137 visitors from Spain travelled to Seychelles, an archipelago situated in the western Indian Ocean, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The current outlook for the Spanish market, in particular, looks positive and should this trend continue, it will help in further developing our business together with the support of Seychelles trade partners, both locally and in the marketplace,” added Willemin.

Andre Butler Payette, general manager of the 7° South travel agency, erecntly mentioned that it was a privilege to be a part of Tourism Seychelles in Madrid for FITUR.

“After many months of virtual meetings this event has come at an opportune moment allowing us to physically showcase all that we have to offer in Seychelles. FITUR was a resounding success which permitted us to reconnect with old partners as well as engage with new ones, as we look to further develop this growing market filled with potential for the future,” Butler Payette.

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