Mr Akbar Al-Baker, the Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways has used the ITB Tourism Trade Fair 2016 in Berlin to announce that Qatar Airways was starting flights to Seychelles from the 12th December 2016.
Mr Akbar Al-Baker, Minister Alain St.Ange and Ms Sherin Naiken standing for a souvenir photo at the Qatar Airways at ITB 2016
“The announcement by Qatar Airways comes at a perfect time for Seychelles. We are now working to consolidate our tourism industry after a number of successful years with back-to-back increasers in visitor arrival numbers. As we now move to increase the yield from tourism we know that we need to ensure that the strategy of supply and demand comes into play thus the importance of air access. Qatar Airways has its network and they have their own niche clients who transit Doha and Seychelles being only four odd hours from Doha makes us an ideal twin centre destination” said Minister St.Ange after his meeting with Mr Akbar Al-Baker, the Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways.
Minister St.Ange, who was accompanied at that meeting by Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board and Bernadette Willemin, the Tourism Board’s Director for Europe went on to say that the island’s Tourism Board would be a supportive partner for Qatar Airways and that they stand ready to work with the airline to ensure that their seven flights to Seychelles are successful.