04.17.07

Good start of Seychelles tourism 2007

Posted in Business and Economy at 4:25 am by Robert Klien

Recently, records set by Seychelles tourism industry in 2006 have been discussed. To remind, in 2006 Seychelles attracted a record 140,000 visitors. Now a new record seems to please the nation.

According to the National Statistics Bureau (NSB), the tourism industry in the Seychelles has showed a good start marked by a 15% increase in visitor arrivals during the first 3 months of 2007.

By March 25, 2007, Seychelles was visited by 38 200 people. This figure was 26% above the average the last 5 years for the same period.

France has stayed the leading source of tourists to Seychelles. France is followed by Italy, Germany, the UK and Ireland, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). All tourist markets of these countries except for Germany have showed increases of between 13% and 42%. As to Germany, the name of Seychelles has been mentioned in an environmental campaign against long distance air travel in this country, which unluckily influenced the increase.

Seychelles plans to open up more islands both to day trips and to overnight stay as well as to expand the range of traditional holiday activities like sun, sea and sand.

In 2006, tourism contributed 57% of foreign revenue.

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