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Seychelles’ Dubai office welcomes visitors to Dubai travel and tourism event – eTurboNews

Posted: February 24, 2017 at 6:53 pm

This is the second year that the Seychelles Tourism Boards (STBs) office in Dubai took part in the Jeddah International Travel & Tourism 2017 (JTTX7) consumer event. It was a very productive one, as a number of people visited the stand and showed interest in the destination, hence proving the destinations popularity in the market.

The consumer event, held at the Jeddah Hilton from February 15-17, was attended by more than 25,000 visitors from Jeddah and more than 150 exhibitors from 22 countries. Saudi Arabia being one of the main markets of the destination in the region is an apt venue to hold such consumer fairs.

Saudi Arabia is one of the main markets for Seychelles in the region having a 29.96% increase in visitor arrivals in January 2017 as compared to the same month last year. Though the business has been relatively quiet in 2016 until at the start of the year, the increase in the number of visitor arrivals indicates the valuable support Seychelles receives from Saudi Arabia.

We are jovial on the outcome of the JTTX7 event, as we were able to promote the destination further in the consumer sector in Jeddah and update them on the latest product offerings in Seychelles, said STBs regional manager for Middle East, Ahmed Fathallah.

This is our second year at this event and just like in 2016, it paved the way for us to better connect with the consumer sector from Jeddah. This trade and consumer activity opens doors for business opportunities and is also a fitting time for us to know more about the needs and wants of our target market, added Fathallah.

To further push and promote the destination, involvement in different trade and consumer fairs and carrying out of different consumer-focused activities have been planned out for this year.

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Seychelles Footwear’s President and Director of Product on Overseeing the Brand Together – Footwear News

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Future is BRIGHT for Seychelles hospitality graduates – eTurboNews

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The BRIGHT program is an initiative launched in 2010 by Constance Hotels and Resorts in Seychelles.

Twenty-two employees from the Constance Ephelia Seychelles graduated from the Bridging the Gap Through Holistic Training (BRIGHT) level one program on Monday in a special ceremony held at the resort.

Attending the ceremony were the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, and Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune, among other guests.

All trainees passed with 12 of them getting awarded for 100% attendance. The Villas and Suites Supervisor and also Russian Specialist Antone Rytvin was the best overall performer.

Chef de rang Darrel Labourdallon was the second-best student, while Pool and Beach Supervisor Myra Solin settled in third place and also received the best project.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Loustau-Lalanne said it was important for him to attend the event so as to show his support towards the resorts efforts towards competency based in service training of its supervisors and middle managers.

Constance Hospitality Training Centre is a loyal and sincere partner of our own Seychelles Tourism Academy [STA]. It was among the first institutions that came forward to assist STA back in 2005, he said.

To those who were graduating, Minister Loustau-Lalanne saluted their commitment to improve on their professionalism and desire to excel in what they do.

Constance takes training seriously, because investing in training is investing in your future, he said.

Working for Constance hotels, if you deliver that little bit extra, they will invest in you in return. You start to gain in this partnership as the management of the resort will also discover your talent, he added.

We invest a lot at the national level to train some 500 students annually. With partners like Constance hotels, your continued professional development is assured, simply because they take over from STA and continue with your training, he said.

Constance Ephelia Seychelles General Manager, Kai Hoffmeister, said BRIGHT is Constance Hotels and Resorts own career development program, which identifies and develops internal talents, and aids in enhancing employees skills and getting them to take new responsibilities.

Congratulating the graduates, he said the process does not come to an end or stop; on the contrary it is merely the first step.

There will be additional responsibilities given to you; we will demand more and better from you. There will be more opportunities for you to practice what you have learned, and there will be rewards as well, he said.

Rewards which will not always be financial. They often are emotional or career-focused rewards. It is up to each one of you to drive your own goals and to have the desire to make it happen.

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Fourth Steber vessel for Seychelles resort – Manning River Times

Posted: February 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm

23 Feb 2017, 10:25 a.m.

Work has started at Tarees Steber International on a fourth vessel for the Fregate Island Resort in the Seychelles archipelago.

Fregate Island Resort manager, Wayne Kafsak takes delivery of the 3800 from Steber general manager, Alan Steber.

Work has started at Tarees Steber International on a fourth vessel for the Fregate Island Resort in the Seychelles archipelago and is due for delivery later this year.

The Steber 5200 (52ft) will be used for a variety of resort activities covering extended excursions, game fishing and diving.

Features also include two sleeping cabins, two lounge areas, galley, two bathrooms, inflatable dinghy and crane and additional on-deck seating suitable for scenic tours.

The 5200 will join the fleet of three other vessels, the first of which was delivered back in 1999.

Late last year Fregate Island took delivery of a Steber 3800 (38ft) which is being used to transfer clients between the island and mainland.

Unlike the majority of fibreglass manufactured vessels, the hulls of the Fregate Island fleet vessels are finished in a unique Jade Mist Green colour.

Sketch showing the versatile layout of the 5200 under construction.

Footnote: The Seychelles archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, north East of Madagascar and about 1600km east of Kenya. The archipelago consists of 115 islands.

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Destination Seychelles: Topping travel lists in the US – eTurboNews

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Seychelles, an island paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, topped Travel & Leisures list of Best Islands in Africa & the Middle East in 2016, and thats not all. At the recent Travel Show hosted by the New York Times, the destination ranked in the top 10 of client-pleasing takeaways.

There are any numbers of reasons to feel lucky to live in New York City. One is being on location for the annual 3-day New York Times Travel Show, this year drawing a record number of participants: 9,253 from the travel industry and 20,846 consumers. Some 170 countries participated from A (Argentina) to Z (Zagreb), so one will understand the dilemma of picking just 10 client-pleasing takeaways, says Carla Hunt, from Recommend Magazine, USA.

Making the list at number 8: Seychelles Opens New Resorts

This is all good news to David Germain, Seychelles Tourism Bureau Director for Africa & the Americas. The Seychelles are attracting more U.S. visitors, mostly those in search of a beautiful place in the sun following an African safari, or an idyllic addition to a Middle East business or leisure stay, Germain reports. Dotted among islands and private islands are some of the worlds most beautiful resorts with new openings including Six Senses Zil Pasyon on the private island of Felicite, which opened last year, and Desroches Island Resort, re-opening as a Four Seasons this year, with 40 beach suites. According to Germain, the Seychelles are in a cyclone-free zone, so any times a good time to visit; however, the optimum time is for the spectacular annual Creole Festival, held on Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue islands from October 25-31 in 2017.

Mr. Germain said: The North American market contributes significantly towards overall tourism arrivals to Seychelles each year. Arrivals from the Americas continue to increase with a 58% increase in arrivals to date for 2017, compared to the same time in 2016.

For more information, visit seychelles.travel

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Seychelles Tourism is in Jeddah promoting tourism – eTurboNews

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The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) took part once again in the Jeddah Intl Travel & Tourism 2017 (JTTX7) at the Jeddah Hilton from February 15-17.

The consumer event was attended by more than 25,000 visitors from Jeddah and more than 150 exhibitors from 22 countries. Saudi Arabia being one of the main markets of the destination in the region is an apt venue to hold such consumer fairs.

This is the second year that the STBs office in Dubai takes part in this consumer event. It was a very productive one as a number of people visited the stand and showed interest in the destination, hence proving the destinations popularity on the market.

Saudi Arabia is one of the main markets for Seychelles in the region having a 29.96% increase in visitor arrivals in January 2017 as compared to the same month last year. Though the business has been relatively quiet in 2016 until at the start of the year, the increase in the number of visitor arrivals indicates the valuable support we receive from Saudi Arabia.

We are jovial on the outcome of the JTTX7 event as we were able to promote the destination further in the consumer sector in Jeddah and update them on the latest product offerings in Seychelles, said STBs regional manager for Middle East Ahmed Fathallah.

This is our second year at this event and just like in 2016, it paved the way for us to better connect with the consumer sector from Jeddah. This trade and consumer activity opens doors for business opportunities and is also a fitting time for us to know more about the needs and wants of our target market. added Fathallah.

To further push and promote the destination, involvement in different trade and consumer fairs and carrying out of different consumer focused activities have been planned out for this year.

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Seychelles Tourism Minister works for daily flights with Mauritius – eTurboNews

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 4:35 am

During a courtesy call of the Mauritian Minister for Ocean Economy Marine Resources Fisheries and Shipping, Remdut Koonjoo, on Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Minister Loustau-Lalanne said air connectivity between Seychelles and Mauritius is vital, and there is a need to increase the flights between the two destinations.

Minister Loustau-Lalanne, has made a proposal for Mauritius to look at the possibility of having daily flights between the two islands. He added that if needed, a code-share agreement between their national airline, Air Seychelles, and Air Mauritius could also be signed.

The two ministers spoke on the latest developments relating to the sectors under their ministries. Mr. Koonjoo briefed Minister Loustau-Lalanne on the new developments in the Mauritian ports, adding that the aim is to double the capacity, as ports are vital in the development of the marine and blue economy sectors.

Minister Loustau-Lalanne said tourism is very important for their region and outlined the importance of the Vanilla Islands Organization and the need to keep working together to promote tourism within this group of islands.

The two ministers also talked about cruise tourism sector. Also present during the meeting held at Minister Loustau-Lalannes office in the Espace building were the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Michael Benstrong.

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Enhancements and improvements: Seychelles resort gets upgrades – eTurboNews

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Mr. Jacques Devoud, the owner/General Manager of Valmer Resort in Seychelles, is putting a lot of emphasis on product enhancement and infrastructure improvements.

Valmer Resort in Seychelles continues to enhance its guests comfort factor with recent upgrades in its customer service experience. The secluded homegrown hotel located in the picturesque Baie Lazare area, is aiming to provide the best hospitality experience in the 4-star category by constantly adding amenities and features to the benefit of its ever-discerning clients.

A complete coverage Wi-Fi system is now operational and clients can have access to the worldwide web at the touch of their mobile devices. The technological enhancement also extends to a television entertainment package with 31 channels spanning several languages catering to the many nationalities making up its clientele mix.

A personal Nespresso service has also been introduced, with all villas and rooms equipped with a Nespresso machine with a pods selection for the private convenience of guests. This added touch is already being appreciated.

As Valmer Resort positions itself as one of Mahs best small homegrown hotels, we are aiming for higher standards and constantly upgrading to ensure we give our clients excellent value for money. With our new rooms and spa/gym we are now aiming for new niche markets. These new additional facilities will further raise the quality of the experience that we offer at Valmer Resort, said Mr. Devoud.

Valmer Resort is a tourism establishment offering a variety of accommodation options in a stunning setting of a naturally-landscaped backdrop of granite boulders and endemic palms. The resort prides itself in delivering an authentic Seychellois holiday experience in affordable luxury comfort.

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New Seychelles Diary blog enhancing tourism – eTurboNews

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A new blog designed by Seychelles Tourism was created to engage with readers and drive tourism business to the destination.

As part of its ongoing drive to raise its profile across social media platforms and fill the all-important knowledge gap about the islands, the Seychelles Tourism Board has launched a new blog.

We are always looking for new ways to create interest about our islands, explains the manager of the digital marketing section, Vahid Jacob.

Blogging has become a very effective way of reaching our audience as it touches consumers at a very personal level, allowing us to impart knowledge about Seychelles and what it offers to tourists in a way that they can relate to, and also react to, by leaving comments on the blog.

The new Seychelles Diary blog presents a fresh, user-friendly interface with a category section for quick identification of the readers specific interests and a galley featuring enticing images of the destination.

Resources allows access to various downloads and tips while the latest tweets about Seychelles appear conveniently in a box along with all of the islands social media platforms.

Completing the comprehensive design of the landing page is information about visitor arrivals to the archipelago and also an archive section. Every week, a new article covering the many attributes of the destination will be posted to the blog.

We are confident that this new additional to our social media arsenal will become an important influencer when it comes to choosing a tourism destination, adds Mr Jacob.

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Seychelles – The New York Times

Posted: February 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

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The pirate said $1.5 million had been paid for the release of the sailors, seized in 2012 and among the few hostages still in the hands of Somali pirates.

The head of Lindblad Expeditions on finding rare natural wonders by ship and promoting conservation consciousness.

By ELAINE GLUSAC

The deal for Columbus International, a privately held company based in Barbados, is valued at $1.85 billion, including the assumption of debt.

By CHAD BRAY

Autopsies of Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, the former SEALs, revealed that the men died of respiratory failure and possible heart attacks.

Troubling questions surround how two former Navy SEALs working as ship guards ended up dying inside the Maersk Alabama, the ship made famous in the movie Captain Phillips.

The two men, who had been hired to protect a ship that was attacked by Somali pirates in 2009, were found dead while the ship was docked in the Seychelles.

Two Americans providing antipiracy security on the Maersk Alabama, a ship made famous by the 2013 Hollywood film, were found dead on the vessel, a shipping group said Wednesday.

Genetic research reveals a surprisingly high level of monogamy and paternal diversity in hawksbill sea turtles, hinting that populations may be on the rise.

The worlds poor will be more affected as resources grow scarce, Mr. Singh said.

The movement of the 15 men from Djibouti to the Seychelles was a welcome development for the United States in a high-profile case with no clear legal resolution.

An unarmed American military drone that had been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast crashed Tuesday at an airport on the Seychelles during a routine patrol, officials said.

China is considering an offer from the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles to allow Chinese naval ships to visit for rest and resupply there, Chinas Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Paradise is paradise, even if there are problems.

The Seychelles has a population of around 90,000 and a small real estate market. But size has been a significant factor in keeping prices stable, despite the global downturn.

Somali pirates released 36 crew members of a Spanish fishing vessel Tuesday after the government paid a ransom of nearly $3.5 million.

European Union naval officials announced they had captured seven pirates who had attacked a fishing ship a day before the British couple went missing at sea.

A couple sailing from the island nation of Seychelles vanished after a distress signal was picked up.

Seychelles took custody of nine piracy suspects on Tuesday, accusing them of trying to hijack a cruise liner carrying 1,000 tourists.

Explore temples of indulgence in Bhutan, Zambias less-beaten jungle path, and other exotic destinations.

James Michel, the longtime vice president, was sworn in as president of the Indian Ocean archipelago of 90,000 people, replacing France Albert Ren, who seized power in a 1977 coup. Mr. Ren, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, announced his retirement last year but said he would remain chairman of the governing Seychelles Peoples Progressive Front. Marc Lacey (NYT)

The pirate said $1.5 million had been paid for the release of the sailors, seized in 2012 and among the few hostages still in the hands of Somali pirates.

The head of Lindblad Expeditions on finding rare natural wonders by ship and promoting conservation consciousness.

By ELAINE GLUSAC

The deal for Columbus International, a privately held company based in Barbados, is valued at $1.85 billion, including the assumption of debt.

By CHAD BRAY

Autopsies of Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, the former SEALs, revealed that the men died of respiratory failure and possible heart attacks.

Troubling questions surround how two former Navy SEALs working as ship guards ended up dying inside the Maersk Alabama, the ship made famous in the movie Captain Phillips.

The two men, who had been hired to protect a ship that was attacked by Somali pirates in 2009, were found dead while the ship was docked in the Seychelles.

Two Americans providing antipiracy security on the Maersk Alabama, a ship made famous by the 2013 Hollywood film, were found dead on the vessel, a shipping group said Wednesday.

Genetic research reveals a surprisingly high level of monogamy and paternal diversity in hawksbill sea turtles, hinting that populations may be on the rise.

The worlds poor will be more affected as resources grow scarce, Mr. Singh said.

The movement of the 15 men from Djibouti to the Seychelles was a welcome development for the United States in a high-profile case with no clear legal resolution.

An unarmed American military drone that had been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast crashed Tuesday at an airport on the Seychelles during a routine patrol, officials said.

China is considering an offer from the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles to allow Chinese naval ships to visit for rest and resupply there, Chinas Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Paradise is paradise, even if there are problems.

The Seychelles has a population of around 90,000 and a small real estate market. But size has been a significant factor in keeping prices stable, despite the global downturn.

Somali pirates released 36 crew members of a Spanish fishing vessel Tuesday after the government paid a ransom of nearly $3.5 million.

European Union naval officials announced they had captured seven pirates who had attacked a fishing ship a day before the British couple went missing at sea.

A couple sailing from the island nation of Seychelles vanished after a distress signal was picked up.

Seychelles took custody of nine piracy suspects on Tuesday, accusing them of trying to hijack a cruise liner carrying 1,000 tourists.

Explore temples of indulgence in Bhutan, Zambias less-beaten jungle path, and other exotic destinations.

James Michel, the longtime vice president, was sworn in as president of the Indian Ocean archipelago of 90,000 people, replacing France Albert Ren, who seized power in a 1977 coup. Mr. Ren, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, announced his retirement last year but said he would remain chairman of the governing Seychelles Peoples Progressive Front. Marc Lacey (NYT)

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