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Chinese delegation arrives in Seychelles for the first Seychelles-China Day Celebrations

February 3, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelA Chinese delegation from Shanghai Jinshai District is in Seychelles for the first edition of the Seychelles-China Day Celebrations.

The delegation headed by Mr Du Zhizhong, Director of Standing Committee of Jinshai District People’s Congress met with Anne Lafortune, the Principal Secretary for Tourism and Sherin Naiken, Chief Executive Officer of Seychelles Tourism Board to discuss pertinent issues relating to tourism.


Sherin Naiken of the Seychelles Tourism Board said in 2013 Seychelles set up tourism offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong as part of its marketing strategy to open the destination to the Chinese tourism market. Ms Naiken said these offices are doing remarkably well to maintain a good flow of tourists from China and to ensure that Seychelles remains visible in China and Hong Kong.

“We’ve made great strides in opening up the Chinese market. Our objective set by our tourism offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing has been attained. Today we’ve recorded more than ten thousand tourists coming from China, a large majority from Guangzhou province”.

Ms Naiken said that despite this growth there is more to be done in Seychelles for Chinese market.

“We need new investments in services in Seychelles to meet the expectations and needs of the Chinese holiday makers” Ms Naiken said.

The meeting with the delegation of Shanghai Jinshai District was an eye opener for Seychelles Tourism Board and the Tourism Department because they learnt more about expectations of the Chinese holidaymakers when choosing Seychelles as their holiday destination.

Mr Du Zhizhong said that Chinese holidaymakers are “big spenders’’. He explained that Seychelles is a high end tourism destination for honeymooners, divers and photographers. Both Ms Naiken and Mrs Lafortune talked about their desire to explore more tourism exchanges between Seychelles and Shanghai Jinshai District.

For this first edition of the Seychelles-China Day Celebrations, Shanghai Jinshai Art Group will showcase a spectacular performance at the official opening on 31st January at Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay.

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