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Quarterly Tourism Statistics of Seychelles speaks for itself says Minister Alain St.Ange, the island’s Minister of Tourism and Culture

May 7, 2016 Tourist Boards No Comments Print Print Email Email

In an information note addressed to Members of the Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Trade, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture attached the visitors arrival statistics for the first quarter of 2016 from the National Bureau of Statistics for your information.  Speaking on the statistical figures now published, Minister Alain St.Ange said that the positive results reflects the good public/private sector partnership that exists in Seychelles in the island’s tourism industry. “We work hard to keep the lines of dialogue open between the public and its private sector members. Secondly the marketing strategy by our Tourism Board is working and thirdly the islands have been able to work the industry that remains the pillar of its economy outside politics” said Minister St.Ange as he added that Seychelles had but one tourism industry and not one for the Government of Seychelles and another one for its private sector. “As a country that remains so dependant on tourism, it is so important that Seychelles continues to be united in its work to consolidate its tourism industry” the island’s Minister said.

Beach on La Digue Island


A total of 73,262 visitors arrived in Seychelles during the first quarter of 2016. This represents an increase of 11% in visitor arrivals compared to the first quarter of 2015. The average length of stay of these visitors was 10.1 nights and 93% of the visitors were on holiday.

The six leading markets for the three months of 2016 are:

Country No. of visitors
France 11,631
Germany 8,736
China 5,212
United Arab Emirates 4,950
Italy 4,897
UK & Eire 4,077

The estimated tourism earnings for the first quarter as per the Balance of Payments obtained from the Central Bank stands at SCR 1.2 billion an increase of 37%compared to the first quarter of last year. Please note that estimates of tourism earnings represent foreign exchange inflows into the Seychelles’ economy to tourism establishments and related businesses as reported by commercial banks and bureau de change.

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