Visitor arrival figures in Seychelles released Wednesday, December 23, have revealed that Seychelles is now officially only 1 percent down from its 2008 arrival figures. The Seychelles Tourism Board explained that the government’s move to hand over control of its tourism industry to the private sector had brought positive results and a united tourism industry working for the country.
This Seychelles experience of the government handing over the pillar of the country’s economy to the private sector is a first for Africa. The new public-private sector partnership has seen the chairman of the industry’s association, Mr. Louis D’Offay, work side by side with the country’s Minister of Finance, Mr. Danny Faure, to plan out the broad lines for an acceptable working framework.
Today, the country is rejoicing because the official statistics places the Seychelles as one of the very few countries who have managed to achieve their pre-economic crisis tourist arrival figures when the world’s economies are still being hard hit.
Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles director of tourism marketing, said that his team was proud of the country’s results. In March of this year, the government was projecting that Seychelles could finish the year with a 25 percent drop on their 2008 arrival figures, but the Tourism Board marketing team delivered on the task handed to them under the public-private sector partnership.
“The support from the government and the togetherness for the country’s tourism industry has moved all obstacles in the way to the relaunching of the country’s tourism industry,” said Alain St. Ange. He also said that everyone was on board now, and Seychelles will be the 2010 destination for holiday makers.
These creole tropical islands are the only mid-ocean granitic islands enjoying a year-round summer temperature of around 29 degrees. Seychelles is also situated just outside the cyclonic belt, and as such, does not suffer from the annual cyclones that hit its neighboring island states, which makes Seychelles stand out as a tropical destination with its powdry white sandy beaches and turquoise blue seas.
The Seychelles President himself stands behind the efforts of his Tourism Board’s director of tourism marketing by working himself to open new potential markets with state visits to Korea, China, and Lebanon over and above the press coverage he is achieving for his country with his numerous working visits in the four corners of the world.