From safaris to cruises, adventure holidays to rail journeys, Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show provided the ultimate in travel inspiration for 2016. And Seychelles was there to promote its destination.
The Seychelles Tourism Board’s UK Office attended Destinations: the Holiday & Travel Show from February 4-7, 2016 at Olympia hall in London. The stand was a collaboration with the Seychelles Tourism Board and its partner, Just Destinations, one of the UK’s Seychelles specialists.
The stand was manned by Tinaz Wadia and Eloise Vidot from the Seychelles Tourism Board, Martin Bamford and Fred Harrison with the sales team from Just Destinations, and Sam Ford from Ste. Anne Resort (Beachcomber).
Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, in association with The Times, The Sunday Times and Sunday Times Travel Magazine, is now in its 22nd year and is the UK’s biggest and most inspiring consumer event with over 350 exhibitors and 38,000 visitors.
Visitors could take advantage of a host of “show-only” exclusive offers, discounts, and upgrades from leading travel companies around the globe. And with a range of special events – from travel photography masterclasses to food tastings, travel writing to travel health advice – it really is a one-stop shop for all lovers of travel.
Rob Debenham, Show Manager, said: “The show is a ‘must-visit’ event for anyone interested in holidays and travel, with the UK’s biggest choice of travel ideas from leading and independent travel companies. This year, there is more to see and be inspired by than ever before with over 550 travel brands in London and 200 in Manchester.”
Inspiration could also be found at the two “Meet the Experts” Theatres which provided over 50 hours of free travel advice – with celebrity speakers including Simon Reeve, Kate Adie, John McCarthy, Levison Wood, Simon Calder, Nicholas Crane, and more. The “Experience the World” stages were designed to showcase the cultures, foods, and entertainment across Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Africa.
Ms. Wadia said: “Destinations have always proven to be a popular travel show attracting a wide number of consumers. Partnering with Just Destinations at the show proved fruitful, especially as they had prepared special ‘show only’ flyers for distribution at the show which provided the call to action for last-minute bookers. With January and February proving to be prime booking months for the UK, the show provided much interest and inspiration for those wishing to travel to the Seychelles this year. The Seychelles has noticed a visible growth in passenger arrivals from the UK, closing with an increase of 32% at the end of 2015.”
Other tour operators participating at the show were: Audley Travel, Kuoni, Trailfinders, Earth Trip, Rainbow Tours, Cox and Kings, Saga Holidays, The Independent Traveller, Travelpack, and more.
Fred Harrison, Product Development Manager at Just Destinations, said: “Great Escapes to the Seychelles …. Whatever the reason for wishing to visit the beautiful Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles, Just Seychelles and the Seychelles Tourism were on hand at the Destinations Show in London over the weekend of February 4 to offer expert advice to customers with a wealth of knowledge and a choice of hand-picked hotels to suit all budgets and occasions. The show was a great success, and we look forward to assisting future travelers with their once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Seychelles.”
PHOTO (L-R): Sam Ford, Ste. Anne Resort (Beachcomber); Jenn O’Neill, Just Destinations; Eloise Vidot, Seychelles Tourist Board; Martin Bamford, Just Destinations; Tinaz Wadi, Seychelles Tourist Board
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) . For more information on Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, click here.