The World Travel Market (WTM) 2010 saw the UK’s “Selling Long Haul” publications bring out a Seychelles supplement. Alan Orbell, the Publishing Director of “Selling Long Haul” is a respected personality in the tourism industry, and he recently pulled an international award for his works.
Fiona Lane, the Seychelles Director for UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia is quoted in the supplement as saying that the “Selling Long Haul” was showing exactly why the Seychelles were among the most sought-after tourism destinations.
“Selling Long haul” says in its opening article on the Seychelles that “The past year has been an exciting one for the Seychelles with initiatives coming from all directions, helping to revitalize the islands’ tourism product. And there is more to come.”
The UK publication also took the opportunity of their Seychelles supplement to highlight the reopening of the Seychelles Tourism Office in the UK when they wrote “Most significant was the long-awaited reopening of the Seychelles Tourist Office in London with an all Seychellois team headed by Fiona Lane plus Stephanie Medor and Lorraine Louis.”
Alan Orbell has also taken time to bring out the new drive with regard to tourism in Seychelles when he wrote “According to the country’s President James Michel – now in charge of the tourism portfolio – the first six months of 2010 saw a 12% increase in visitor arrivals, compared with last year, and an increase of some 6% over the arrivals for 2008, which a record year. This year (2010) has seen the best May, June, and July, in terms of visitor arrivals, ever recorded.”
The “Selling Long Haul” also quoted the Seychelles President when he launched just months ago his new vision for the islands’ tourism industry – called the Seychelles Brand. The “Selling Long Haul” writes “We can no longer go out there with our sun, sea, and sand tags. The Seychelles Brand goes beyond the physical beauty of our islands. It is the bridge that brings Seychellois cohesion, arts, history, and culture closer to other civilizations.” Alan Orbell of “Selling Long Haul” said in his article that the Seychelles President had also emphasized that the essence of the Seychelles Brand is the Seychellois identity, charm, and hospitality, as well as the serenity and stability.
Speaking to the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St.Ange, in London during WTM 2010, he confirmed that Seychelles was now also an events-based island destination with the “Carnival of Carnivals” set to take place in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, from March 4-6, 2011. Alain St.Ange explained that the Carnival de Victoria was being held in Seychelles but that every country was being invited to be represented by their own float to showcase their respective cultures and attractions. He said: “We want the world to meet and to get to know each other. At the UN in New York, the world meets using diplomatic language, in Seychelles the world can and will let go in an atmosphere under the theme – the melting pot of cultures – because in Seychelles ‘cultures will meet and mix.'”