01.10.13

Seychelles welcomed record 208 034 visitors in 2012

Posted in Seychelles' statistics, Tourism industry at 2:16 pm by Robert Klien

A record number of 208 034 visitors came to Seychelles in 2012. This number hit the previous record of 194 753 set in 2011.

These figures represent a growth of approximately 8% over those of 2011 and a total of 6992 visitors arrived here during the last week of December 2012.

The most visitors still came to Seychelles from France – 32 190 people, which is a 18%-decrease in the number of guests from this country.

There were also decreases in the number of visitors from the United Kingdom and Ireland (-15%) and Italy (-8%).

Despite the fall in the number of guests from France and Italy, they remain 2 of the 6 leading markets. The other four are Germany, Russia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

The number of visitors from Germany, Russia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa increased by 20%, 35%, 52% and 17% respectively.

Russia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa were until a few years ago just secondary markets for Seychelles. The fact that they have now joined the “core markets” means that efforts to diversify local tourism have yielded good dividends as tourism remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy.

Visitors from China also increased by 111% last year, while those from America and Oceania went up by 18% and 12% respectively.

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