The Seychelles are riding high thanks to increased air connectivity over the past year, continuing on the way to the island government’s tourism master plan for 2023.
Seychelles Tourism Minister, Didier Dogley, says he is satisfied with the performance of his nation in terms of tourism over the past year, with turnover of €525m in 2019. Mr Dogley said the Tourism Master Plan – Destination 2023 launched in 2019 provides the guideline to safeguard the destination’s brand and image as an upmarket, selective and pristine tourism destination.
The island state is a living museum of natural history and a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora & fauna on earth. With almost 50% of its limited landmass set aside as national parks and reserves, Seychelles prides itself on its record for far-sighted conservation policies that have resulted in an enviable degree of protection for the environment and the varied ecosystems it supports.
Seychelles is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and Praslin’s Vallée de Mai, once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden. From the smallest frog to the heaviest land tortoise and the only flightless bird of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles nurtures an amazing array of endemic species within surrounds of exceptional natural beauty.
Photo: Grand Anse, Island of La Digue, Seychelles