The Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean Paul Adam, accompanied by the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mr. Alain St.Ange, met with Mr. Timothy Clark, the President of Emirates Airline, to discuss future cooperation between the Seychelles Islands and the Middle East Carrier, Emirates. The meeting took place at the Emirates Group Headquarters in Dubai in the presence of Mr. Majid Al Mualla, the Senior Vice President of Emirates responsible for the Indian Ocean.
The meeting followed the announcement by Emirates to increase its weekly flights to the Indian Ocean Islands to seven, which now sees Emirates offering a daily service from anywhere in the world to the much sought after tourism destination of the Seychelles. The CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board and eTurboNews ambassador, Alain St.Ange, said after the meeting with the Emirates Airline President that Seychelles is now but a stop away on any from any where in the world.
The discussions between Seychelles Minister Adam and the Emirates Airline President centered on future developments and on the existing cooperation between the Seychelles and the Emirates Airline. An MOU (memorandum of understanding) that was also signed in Dubai between Seychelles Tourism Board and Emirates was a sign of the solid partnership that now exist between Seychelles and the Emirates Airline.
The Middle East is the area with the largest number of flights to the Seychelles and as such offers the greatest possibility for grown in tourist arrival numbers for the Indian Ocean Islands of the Seychelles that lies but just over four hours from Dubai. Hotels in the Seychelles are today able to cater for comfort with needed privacy sought after by the Middle East travelers on the one end as the “affordable Seychelles” brings to the forefront the smaller accommodation units offering Seychelles to the expatriate community based in the Middle East.
The Seychelles has opened its doors for more air services to cope with the increase in number of hotels and in yatchs presently on charter in Seychelles, and Emirates Airline has been one company that has, in 2010, increased its services to the islands from four flights to seven flights weekly.