Strong showing of South African tours operators at Seychelles Investment Forum


A strong Seychelles delegation attended the Seychelles Investment Forum held between July 20 and 21 in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of an ongoing drive to raise awareness of the many investment opportunities Seychelles has to offer.

Representatives from multiple sectors of the Seychelles economy: government, aviation, tourism, fisheries, financial and offshore, property development, and members of the private sector took the floor to explain the many benefits of investing in Seychelles to a more than 100-strong audience.

On July 21, during the tour operator’s forum attended by a strong showing of South African and other tour operators selling holiday packages to Seychelles, representatives from Air Seychelles confirmed the airline’s commitment to South Africa and, given the numbers of South Africans anticipated to travel between the two countries in the future, the inevitable extension of that service over time to as much as one flight per day.

The tour operators present, between them, contribute some 82% of all arrivals from South Africa, and it was decided that they will soon all travel to Seychelles for a general meeting in which any outstanding issues relating to travel from South Africa will be worked through.

“”South Africa has always been and remains an important market for Seychelles dating back to the earliest years of our tourism industry. The market remains buoyant and is showing continued signs of growth so it is only logical that, together with our South African partners, we do all in our power to ensure that it continues to flourish,” said Alain St. Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. This second day session of the Seychelles Economic Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa, was chaired by Alain St. Ange himself. The gathered tour operators also watched a DVD about the last successful Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria.