'We’ve got a narrative to inform': There's extra to the Seychelles than white sand seashores

The East African nation, identified for its tropical vegetation and powder white sands is an idyllic location for a typical seashore vacation.

Nevertheless, Seychelles’ new tourism promotion plan goals to supply greater than the standard vacation resort package deal.

Based on David Germain, Seychelles Tourism Regional Director for Africa and the Americas, the brand new authorities needs to diversify the tourism trade and entice worldwide travellers with indigenous cultural experiences.

“We’ve got a narrative to inform guests. Seychelles just isn’t solely about seashores so we’re shifting away from selling solely the pure great thing about the nation. So as to add worth to experiences, we’re including tradition,” reveals Germain.

The Seychelles recorded over 120 worldwide vacationer visits in 2020. Mahé based mostly journey agent, Amy Michel from Mason’s Journey expresses optimism over the event of area of interest cultural fusions.

“Seychelles has 115 islands and each island has a unique really feel and one thing new to see, resembling the various tradition. It’s a vacation spot that individuals e-book three to 6 months prematurely to expertise greater than seashores,” she says.

The Seychelles tourism financial system is the principle revenue supplier for the island’s 90,000 folks. The vast majority of the inhabitants are of Creole descent.

In help of constructing cultural tourism, the Seychelles Nationwide Institute for Tradition, Heritage and the Arts acquired over $70,000 (€64,000) in funding in 2021 from UNESCO’s worldwide Fund for Cultural Variety. The cash can be used to conduct analysis on the viability of shifting to a tradition based mostly financial system.

The Minister of International Affairs and Tourism, Louis Sylvestre Radegonde, has fashioned a committee to develop methods that can capitalise on tradition.

“I stand decided in supporting the restoration of tourism in Seychelles. Greater than ever, the tourism trade in Seychelles can be working inside a aggressive setting,” he said.

“It’s my purpose due to this fact to use a brand new perspective on tourism growth with robust emphasis positioned on high quality merchandise that mirror worth for cash. The necessity to re-evaluate product and pricing methods can be core to the profitable growth and development of tourism.”