The World Travel Market (WTM) in London last week was once again an
opportunity for contacts to be developed and for friendship to be
strengthened. One evening that continues to bring together tourism leaders
from around the world is the CNN evening. This year it coincided with
election night in the USA. The CNN setting for the evening in Central
London was a setting that brought home the historical happenings in the
USA with all the pomp and pageantry.

Hala Gorani, a CNN Anchor and Petra Malenicka,the CNN Senior Vice
President among many others were all present as tourism leaders from the
world discussed tourism trends and analyzed their respective challenges
and successes.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports
and Marine accompanied by Sherin Francis the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism
Board were joined by Vijay Poonoosamy, the Vice President International
Affairs in the Office of the President and CEO of Etihad Airways and
Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands were pictured
with Hala Goraniand also with Petra Malenicka during the CNN evening.

"This remains one of the World Travel Market evenings where Tourism
Ministers and the tourism trade partners meet and interact. It is a great
networking evening" said Seychelles Minister St.Ange

The Seychelles national airline on Friday announced plans to offer direct, non-stop flights to a second European destination in 2017.

Air Seychelles will start offering twice-weekly flights to Düsseldorf, Germany by the end of March next year.

Airline Chief Executive Roy Kinnear told reporters that it is “a wise move to have a second direct service to a European point,” as it will help expand Air Seychelles’ reach within the continent.

The new route is part of the national airline’s expansion plans in 2017 -- revealed during a news conference on Friday -- which is targeting Europe and the Indian Ocean region.

Europe remains the island nation's primary market for tourism, which is the mainstay of the island nation’s economy. France and Germany are the top markets, having brought 36,000 and 32,500 tourists to Seychelles so far in 2016, representing a 16 and 10 percent increase in visitors from the two European nations compared to last year.

In addition to its new direct flights to Düsseldorf, Air Seychelles will also be increasing its frequency from three to four weekly flights to Paris in March.

In 20beginning of July 2014, followed by direct flights a year later.11, Air Seychelles halted direct flights to Europe including France after encountering major losses on the routes. The airline decided to re-launch flights to Paris via Abu Dhabi at the 

The additional flight that will be launched in March follows an announcement by the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority earlier this week that the French authorities have granted approval for the national carrier to operate daily flights to Paris following negotiations between the governments of the two countries.

Kinnear told SNA that in spite of the agreement’s allowance for daily flights, “four is the number I am commercially comfortable operating right now.”

“It’s good to have the bilateral to allow us to go beyond that in the future, but I think at this point in time diversification at a steady growth of both [the Paris and Düsseldorf flights] is the right thing to do,” he added.

With regards to its regional expansion Kinnear announced the introduction of twice-weekly flights to Durban, South Africa in March next year, complementing its existing five-weekly service to Johannesburg.

South Africa is currently the Seychelles' main tourism market in Africa and Kinnear described Durban as an important regional part of the network, serving Seychelles for business, leisure, trade and commerce as well as serving the purpose for onward connectivity to India.

Kinnear said Durban is not only about tourism, adding that “I see it as great opportunity to build trade and commerce further with South Africa.”

To aid its expansion plans, Air Seychelles will also be adding a second Airbus A330 aircraft -- with 18 business and 236 economy seats -- to its fleet in 2017. This will add to its existing fleet of two Airbus A320 and an A330. The additional aircraft, Kinnear said, will help increase capacity on its regional routes.

On top of increasing the seat capacity on Air Seychelles’ five weekly flights to Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai by 23 percent, the airline is confident of using the new A330 aircraft to increase the cargo market between India and Seychelles.

The national airline has announced the recruitment of an additional seven Seychellois pilots and the recruiting and training of some 50 cabin crew members as it expands its fleet and international network.

The Air Seychelles’ chief executive expressed confidence that the launching of new and additional flights, as well as investment in a new aircraft, will be able to withstand competition from new airline companies joining the Seychelles travel trade market.

The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Port and Marine Alain St.Ange described the airline’s role as insurance for the island nation's tourism industry.

“You are there, you are the backup that we need. We’ve been welcoming two extra companies to Seychelles, This is good because we need airlines to our main source markets but we also need the insurance, to know that if there was ever a downward trend we are able to hold ourselves, our way forward.”

Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Antananarivo, Beijing, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai and Paris on top of offering daily domestic flights to Praslin and charter services on several islands in the archipelago. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airway, which bought a 40 percent stake in the company in 2012, investing $45 million in the airline with the aim of turning the company around after several prior years of losses.  

- Source: Seychelles News Agency


On Friday night Seychelles will get a new Creole queen as one of the 10 young ladies taking part in the 2016 Miss Creole des îles international beauty pageant will be crowned.

Taking place at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles (ICCS) in its capital of Victoria, Miss Creole des îles international beauty pageant is now in its second year.

Debbie Horsman, who is the reigning Miss Creole des îles international will crown the 2016 Creole queen who will become the new ambassador of our Creole culture.

Few days prior to the big night, the young contestants met the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange and the principal secretary for culture Benjamine Rose during one of their rehearsal sessions at ICCS. Miss Horsman was also present during the meeting held on Wednesday afternoon.

Minister St.Ange saluted the girls for being willing to take part in such a beauty contest which is aimed at putting our Creole culture to the forefront.

He also thanked the organiser Terry Carolla and his team for this good initiative and for pushing it through a second year.

Miss Rose wished the contestants good luck and called on them to use the new knowledge and skills that they have acquired during their training sessions wisely.

The 10 contestants taking part in this year's pageant are - Kanisha Dogley, Rania Bristol, Ellissa Larue, Romakira Gonthier, Chlorie Cadeau, Valentina Reginald, Omegan Jean-Marie Ciseau, Melanie Sinon, Angela Bill and Isabelle Savy.

The 4th Edition of the Seychelles - India Day Celebrations is this weekend and Indian Music and Entertainment Stars have landed at Seychelles International Airport and personally welcomed by the island's Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange.

Sunidhi Chauhan, one of the 50 most influential Indians on Social Media and according to the 'Times of India', the liveliest voice in Bollywood arrived in Seychelles on Saturday morning for the open air music show the same evening in the stadium in Victoria.

Udit Narayan, India's playback singer, television personality, actor, producer and dancer with 25,000 songs to his name arrived in Seychelles on friday morning.

Both Indian personalities flew to Seychelles directly from Mumbai to Seychelles by Air Seychelles.

Also at the airport to greet the entertainment VIPs was Ramu Pillay, the Chairperson of the Seychelles-Indian Day Committee and a number of his committee members.

Shibani Dandekar, the popular Indian Singer, Actress, Anchor and Model is the Host for the Seychelles-India Day Celebrations 2016

Seychelles has been the preferred destination for some Chinese students who are working in and learning about the hotel industry in Seychelles through an agreement between the SeychellesTourism Academy and the Hebei Tourism and Vocational College from North China.

According to the student affairs coordinator of the academy, Monique Hoareau, the students work in various departments of a hotel for six months.  

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Seychelles TourismAcademy and the Chinese college five years ago, allowing their students to come to Seychelles and work in some of the top deluxe hotels found in the archipelago.

Before their placement in Seychelles, Hoareau says the students are interviewed by the student affairs department as a high proficiency in English is required.

In exchange, Seychellois lecturers are given opportunities to visit the College which is one of the most reputed institutions in the Hebei province.

The Hebei Tourism Vocational College is the only tourism college in Hebei Province, where the tourist attraction Chengde City is located.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Seychelles Tourism Academy and the Chinese college five years ago, allowing their students to come to Seychelles and work in some of the top deluxe hotels found in the archipelago. Image: Seychelles News Agency

In her third year at the college, Zhang Chaoxiang, 21, is among the Chinese students currently working in Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.

SNA spoke with Chaoxiang at the arrival lounge of Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie, a hotel found a few minutes’ walk from the main jetty of La Passe on La Digue, the third-most populated island of Seychelles.

“Currently, I am in working in this department, and my work is very easy because I like talking to other people,” says Chaoxiang.

While she greets her first visitors of the day, Chaoxiang’s two other colleagues were clearing tables after breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant.

“We work in such a beautiful place that we do not find the work too hard,” says Chaoxiang, adding that they have worked in all departments of the hotel during their three months.

China has sent 11,594 visitors to Seychelles this year -- a five percent increase compared to 2015, making it the sixth leading market for the island nation. With more visitors from China coming to Seychelles, a representative of Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie says the students also acts as translators for the Chinese nationals.

“They are not only here to work. On their day off, they get to enjoy the island and other neighbouring islands,” says Naddy Matombe, adding that by mingling with the locals they are also learning the Seychelles' culture.



Source: Seychelles News Agency

It has been confirmed that as of October 25, 2017, Austrian Airlines will fly non-stop every Wednesday from Vienna to the Seychelles, returning to Vienna on Thursdays. This gives the tourism dependent islands of the Seychelles a third direct non-stop air service between Europe and Seychelles after Paris and Frankfurt.

“Demand for direct flights to long-haul tourist destinations is high. We responded: In addition to Mauritius, Colombo and Havana, the Seychelles represent our fourth new destination within a period of only two years”, said Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto.

As a result, Austrian Airlines will offer a total of five long-haul tourist destinations in its winter 2017/18 flight schedule. Up to two flights per week will be operated to both Mauritius and the Maldives. Austrian Airline will also operate one direct flight each week to Colombo, Havana and the Seychelles.

Austrian Airlines operates a global route network of approximately 130 destinations, being particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 37 destinations. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines.

The Seychelles Tourism Board and Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism have been happy with the announcement stating that this added direct non-stop air connectivity was not only needed, but that it will provide a great option for holiday makers from Austria and the nearby central European Countries. "Yesterday only we at the ministry of tourism and Culture discussed with Ambassador Frantisek Dlhopolcek, the newly accredited Ambassador of the Slovak Republic the need for a direct flight from Austria to Seychelles as that would serve also Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland amongst others" said Minister St.Ange.


The Tourism Board will now realign its staff in Europe to ensure that this new catchment is well served now that a direct non-stop air service has been announced. The Tourism Board have confirmed that ever since Austrian Airlines started their service to Mauritius the desire to have them operate to Seychelles has been followed. Bernadette Willemin, the Tourism Board's Director for Europe also confirmed to Marketing Executives of the Tourism Board that this Austrian Airlines is just great news.

As the world marks Tourism Day it is important for us in Seychelles to say "Happy Tourism Day" to each and every one, but to also say let us all rally to defend, protect and help consolidate this industry that remains the powerful vehicle to not only stimulate the economic growth of our countries, but that also remains the motor for social growth in the world at large.  Today we celebrate a milestone for Seychelles. Our islands are noticed around the world, and for such accomplishment we need to thank our private sector trade, our hotels, our DMCs and our airlines for promoting Seychelles as a tourist destination.
Seychelles will soon welcome two new airlines, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airline which will bring more tourists to our paradise islands. Seychelles is now connected to the big wide world as never before and with its tourism industry remaining the pillar of its economy. We want to see Seychelles tourism bloom and to do that we will work with our National Airline, Air Seychelles along with all the other airlines partners.
We are today proud to say that we have protected what we have ben blessed with – the lush green natural landscape of our islands, our white sandy beach and our turquoise blue seas. We can be seen as good custodians of what we have and we have gone the extra mile and have now declared over 50% of the total land area of Seychelles as protected national parks. But that is just not enough because we know that our tourism industry would be on shaky ground if we did not put our culture at the centre of our tourism industry and by doing that placing our people at the very centre of our development, because without people we have no culture. This is why on this World Tourism Day, as we all celebrate the milestones achieved in our industry we need to say to ourselves that our people remain our greatest asset and we all need to embrace them in their diversity.
May Tourism Day 2016 be for the great continent of Africa a time of reflection on the protection and preservation of our rich natural heritage and this inclusive of our people in its diversity in political affiliation, colour of the skin, religious beliefs and sexual preferences.  May Tourism Day 2016 also be for the World at large a time for reflection where the ambitions of one does not step on the rights of others needing tourism as a source of economic survival.
President James Alix Michel of the Republic of Seychelles has announced his resignation as President effective 16 October 2016.
The announcement was made on Seychelles Television before the 8pm news tonight .
In his address on national television President James Michel said that he would be submitting his official letter of resignation to the Speaker of the island's National Assembly tomorrow Wednesday the 28th September .
The political party of President James Michel lost the parliamentary elections earlier this month.

In a recent interview with Canada’s CBC News, English-to-French interpreter Anne-Catherine Boudot recounted a tale of a time she was interpreting into French at an international convention in Geneva, Switzerland.
Boudot recalls feeling mildly confused as to why the diplomats were talking about shells, but said she proceeded to translate the word as coquillages, the French word for a seashell one might pick up at the beach.
“I spoke for a good 20 minutes," said Boudot. “All of a sudden my colleague looked at me and said: “I think they're talking about the Seychelles.”

It was a diplomatic tongue twister, akin to a botched childhood poem: She sells Seychelles seashells by the Seychellois shore?
Interpreters working at the United Nations are expected to translate the speeches of world leaders and diplomats simultaneously into one of the UN’s six official languages. When working under such pressure, some unusual words or phrases are bound to get lost in translation from time to time. It’s no wonder then that the UN interpreters have a few entertaining stories to tell about their work.

Shell on the beach. English-to-French interpreter Anne-Catherine Boudot recounted a tale of a time she translated Seychelles as coquillages, the French word for a seashell. (Karunakar Rayker/Flickr) Photo License: (CC BY 2.0)
It’s not unusual for people to be unsure of the correct pronunciation of cities and countries they have never visited.
In the case of Seychelles, sometimes even visiting diplomats and foreign dignitaries get the pronunciation wrong during their visits, even pronouncing the name wrong while giving media interviews and at official functions.

Most often, it’s mispronounced as ‘sea-shells’, but other more interesting variants have been noted, such as ‘say-sheels’ or ‘say-shell-es’. Things get even more confusing when the speaker tries and fails to name the people of the Seychelles. They are supposed to be known as Seychellois (pronounced ‘say-shell-waa’) but sometimes this can be mangled into ‘say-shell-oyze’ or ‘say-shell-eeze’, or even ‘sea-shell-eeze’.
Seychelles, a 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, is one of the smallest sovereign state with its population of just under 100,000 people. Many in the world may not know of the country’s existence, much less be sure of how to pronounce it.

The Seychellois people, however, are generally tolerant of the misunderstandings. Some will keep quiet and presume the visitor will catch up with the correct pronunciation in due course, while others will correct the pronunciation with a friendly smile and a joke to put the speaker at ease.
As for Boudot’s French-speaking audience on that day, they must have been surprised and bemused to be listening to a long speech about the decisions taken by some shells on a beach, but as the head of the UN's interpretations service, Hossam Fahr, said in the CBS News article "all interpreters are human - and to err is human."

Seychelles Minister at the 2016 Grand Opening Mouratoglou Academy as the islands pursue sports tourism as a new niche market


The Grand Opening of the Mouratoglou Academy coincides with this year's French Tourism Trade Fair of September  which provides the opportunity for Alain St.Ange, the Tourism and Culture Minister from the mid-ocean Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles to join the entire Tennis Sport Celebrities & Champions attending this much awaited opening ceremony.


The whole international sport medias as well as politicians and of course world wide influential people will gather for the Grand Opening of the Mouratoglou Academy.




"It’s going to be the biggest french event since years and years…" said a member of the French Press. Minister St.Ange said that for the Seychelles this event open new contacts. "We have been after developing sports tourism for a while. We have perfect facilities, we have perfect all-year-round summer weather and we have the most pleasant of environments. We are a safe tourism destination and we are a visa free country. We only need to get on this sports celebrity circuit and being present at this grand opening of the Mouratoglou Academy is just timely" said the Seychelles Minister.






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