“As a country that remains so dependent on tourism, it is so important that Seychelles continues to be united in its work to consolidate its tourism industry,” said Alain St.Ange, the islands’ Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, speaking about the visitor arrival numbers to the country.
In an information note addressed to members of the Seychelles hospitality and tourism trade, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, attached the visitor arrival statistics for the first quarter of 2016 from the National Bureau of Statistics. Speaking on the statistical figures now published, Minister Alain St.Ange said that the positive results reflects the good public/private sector partnership that exists in Seychelles in the islands’ tourism industry.
“We work hard to keep the lines of dialogue open between the public and its private sector members. Secondly, the marketing strategy by our Tourism Board is working, and thirdly, the islands have been able to work the industry that remains the pillar of its economy outside politics,” said Minister St.Ange as he added that Seychelles had but one tourism industry and not one for the Government of Seychelles and another one for its private sector.
A total of 73,262 visitors arrived in Seychelles during the first quarter of 2016. This represents an increase of 11% in visitor arrivals compared to the first quarter of 2015. The average length of stay of these visitors was 10.1 nights, and 93% of the visitors were on holiday.
The 6 leading markets for the 3 months of 2016 are:
Country: No. of visitors
United Arab Emirates: 4,950
UK & Eire: 4,077
The estimated tourism earnings for the first quarter as per the Balance of Payments obtained from the Central Bank stands at SCR 1.2 billion, an increase of 37% compared to the first quarter of last year. Estimates of tourism earnings represent foreign exchange inflows into the Seychelles’ economy to tourism establishments and related businesses as reported by commercial banks and bureau de change.