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Promoting Holidays To The String Of Pearls

Seychelles promotion reaches Kampala

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Jun 08, 2010

(eTN) - The target="_blank">Seychelles Tourism Board director for Africa and the Americas and other staff from the Seychelles Tourism Board were in Kampala to promote holidays on the archipelago to the Ugandan resident and expatriate community. Assisted by their Seychelles tourism ambassador for Uganda, Ms. Pearl Hoareau, who is also the managing director of the Uganda Travel Bureau, one of Kampala’s leading travel agencies and American Express representatives, Mr. David Germain, Ms. Sharon Rosalie – who oversees tourism sales in Eastern Africa – and Ms. Marsha Parcou, presented some 30 travel agency staffers with a great variety of information during a workshop organized at the Kampala Serena Hotel, before then departing to Arusha, via Dar es Salaam, where the Seychelles will for the first time ever be formally represented at the East African region’s premier travel trade show, the Karibu Fair. Also with the tourism board staff was Ms. Hilda Camille from Mason’s Travel, one of the leading DMC’s headquartered in Mahe, Seychelles and represented across the key islands of the archipelago.

Initial feedback from workshop participants was encouraging and many – obviously those not regularly reading eTurboNews – admitted that they had never heard of "Affordable Seychelles" before, where guest houses and bed-and-breakfast establishments owned and operated by Seychellois citizens were available to provide holidays on a budget, giving visitors everything else the archipelago is rightly proud of. This includes but is not restricted to marine and terrestrial national parks, pristine underwater reefs teeming with fish and marine life, birds galore, island scenery reminiscent of paradise on Earth, and last but not least, a friendly people aiming to make everyone’s holiday dreams come true, be it on a big or a smaller budget.

It was also highlighted that both countries, Uganda and the Seychelles, had Ramsar sites and UNESCO World Heritage sites to their name, which visitors may wish to see during a combined safari and beach holiday in the two destinations. Tourist traffic from Africa to the Seychelles presently is up by 27 percent compared to a year ago, giving the continent percentage wise the highest increase of any market around the world and underscoring that the message "Affordable Seychelles" is indeed working well.

Kenya Airways currently flies twice a week from Nairobi to Mahe – calls for a third flight were repeated once again during the workshop – and connects conveniently both ways to Entebbe. Wannabe visitors should note that a current yellow fever certificate will be demanded from travelers arriving from any point in East Africa at the Mahe International Airport but that no visa is required, provided that a firm hotel booking and return ticket can be produced at the immigration desks at the airport on arrival. The Seychelles also has a no tolerance policy in regards to drugs, irrespective of whether the quantities are for personal use.

Seychelles promotion reaches Kampala
L to R: David Germain, Pearl Hoareau, Sharon Rosalie, Marsha Parcou & Hilda Camille

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