The Seychelles Tourism Board recently organized
a familiarization trip for Mumbai and New Delhi tour operators.
The objective behind this trip was to
create an understanding about the destination and establish
relations for the Indian trade with the private sector in
Representatives from well known travel companies
such as Thomas Cook, Cox&Kings, TUI and N. Chirag were part of the
Naiken, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board said, “We are seeing a
steady increase in interest for Seychelles from the Indian market.
A major part of the credit can be attributed to our Indian travel
trade partners for understanding the uniqueness of Seychelles
islands and promoting the same to the traveller. We will continue
to educate and support them through initiatives like FAM trips,
trainings and roadshow.”
During the trip the agents
explored 4 islands of Seychelles – Mahé, Praslin, St. Anne and
Frégate. Island hopping is very easy in Seychelles with regular
boat and air services between the islands.
Mahé is home to the
international airport, the capital Victoria and has excursions like the Takamaka Bay rum distillery and Morne
Seychellois National park.
Roughly 15 minutes from Mahe is the
Sainte Anne Island, a part of the Sainte Anne Marine National
Park. It has one of the largest areas of sea grass of the granitic
islands where green and hawksbill turtles are often found.
Bottlenose Dolphins also frequent the park.
famous for the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Vallée de Mai – and
Anse Lazio, considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful
Fregate is the most easterly of the
granitic islands, around 1.5 hours by boat or 40 minutes by
flight. It is a jewel of conservation and has an exclusive 16
villas luxury resort.
Ms. Lubaina Sheerazi,
Head-Blue Square Consultants, Seychelles Tourist Office- India
said, “The tour operators group who participated in the FAM trip
loved the islands and are upbeat about its potential to become a
sought after honeymoon and family holiday destination. They are
impressed with the diverse islands, their gorgeous secluded
beaches, rare flora and fauna, adrenaline pumping activities,
delicious cuisine and friendly people. In terms of accommodation
the agents experienced a range of hotels – from the most exclusive
private island resorts, luxury 5-star resorts to comfortable self
The group enjoyed the warm
hospitality of Constance Ephelia, Constance Lemuria, Sainte Anne
Resort & Spa, Fregate Island Private and La Fontaine Holiday
Apartments. The group also visited Four Seasons resort, Kempinski
resort, Paradise Sun, La Reserve, Coco de Mer & Black Parrot
Suites, Banyan Tree, and MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa.
Seychelles is a hassle-free travel destination for
Indians as it has no visa. On arrival one just needs to show
return or onward air-ticket, accommodation proof, valid passport
and enough funds for their stay to get immigration clearance free
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