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Saint Ange Tourism Report 11th November 2017

November 7, 2017 Business News No Comments Email Email

Welcome to Edition 22 of 11th November 2017.

It is Budget time in Seychelles and all eyes are set on the National Assembly. The questions on everyone’s minds remain: what is in it for the average Seychellois, and what stimulants are being proposed to keep the economy moving forward?

Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) have dried up and this is today hurting the economic situation on the ground. A discussion is really needed concerning the proper running of the country and the dire need to depoliticize it. No country in the world can afford to have a static situation for too long.

It has been announced that we shall now make Regional Councils through political appointments. It is important to appreciate that our interest in freedom is not confined to ourselves. It is for the people – our people – and therefore their ability to choose cannot be taken away or given away. It is time to give oxygen to the suffocating Nation by depoliticizing the Regional Councils and allowing personalities in their respective districts to be voted into Office.

Traveling For The Experience: What Guests Are Looking For Today as pointed by ECOPLANNET Communique of James MacGregor highlights what today’s guests are looking to find in the world of travel. MacGregor starts by identifying properties that are well reviewed on TripAdvisor and notes that these are the ones that are active on social media, making them the most relevant because they are seen.

James MacGregor goes on to state that there is also great value to be found in offering that ‘something extra’ to a customer’s trip that differentiates a property from all of the ordinary and outdated destinations. He states,“Today’s guest is evaluating the experience just as much as quality of the bedding and how delicious breakfast will be. It’s this growing desire for authenticity that has led many travel brands to focus their marketing on ‘experiential’ aspects.” He added that the Number 1 experience travelers are looking for in 2018 is simply a new adventure.

Seychelles is a country dependent on its tourism industry and is crying out to increase its yield from the industry. New adventures, and obviously new excursions, are needed now. We have many islands with potential for offering new adventures, we have a weather pattern that has given us the tag line of perpetual summer, and we have, at the center of all this, possible development for our Seychellois people. Could this incite a call to action?

However, for initiatives to evolve into projects, applicable costs will remain the bone of contention. This remains an extra burden when competing with other destinations for the same clients. The industry again needs the reassurance from the relevant authorities.

Young Seychellois are being encouraged by the State to undertake further studies to become the leaders of tomorrow. Additional qualifications would lead to the logical assumption that a Graduate would be properly remunerated when assimilated into the workforce. However, the youth of today have long learned the bitter lesson that this is not necessarily the case in reality. After overcoming all forms of obstacles to actually obtain gainful employment in their home country, many find that their mediocre salaries were not worth the effort. To worsen matters, the State is now proposing increased taxes on salaries falling within the higher bracket. The higher up the the ladder the humble Seychellois manages to climb, the State will inevitably take a greater chunk of his or her hard-earned salary. Is that a disincentive for able Seychellois to remain here to work for the island he or she calls home? The State has long preached that hotels ought to retain Seychellois Managers, but will this be a reality if they feel penalized when they eventually reach senior management level?

Seychelles knows it has to redress the sad situation of theft, violence and crime, which is overtaking the lives of many locals. The new Commissioner of Police is on the move and Seychelles salutes his efforts. However, can more be done by the country to curb the nightly break-ins as they are a continuous and devastating threat to our Nation’s prized safety label. Denying the existence of such antisocial behavior on our sandy shores can be construed as ‘aiding and abetting’ the situation.

I advocate the notion that bullying behavior is learned behavior. If our leaders and role models of today are flinging insults around, hiding behind the thin shield of privilege afforded by the National Assembly, what can we expect by the vulnerable and impressionable cross section of our population who choose to follow their poor examples? Respect for the people is easy to preach, but it is a more valuable sentiment when actually put into practice by those in a position of authority.

The cost of living is slowly getting out of control and the State must step in to protect its people from undue suffering. Who among the politicians of today are actually actively seeking to better the lives of the humble Seychellois? Many have commented that they are feeling ignored by those they elected into power. Let us also remember that what is expensive for a Seychellois is also expensive for a tourist, and costs in establishments are inevitably passed on to the unsuspecting visitor. Basic commodities, such as sugar (today sold at 16 rupees when the wholesale selling price is 10 rupees), ought to be sold at cost level to help those under the poverty line. Moreover, it will be reiterated that Seychelles cannot afford to price itself out of the market.

Finally, it is important to again today acknowledge all who are diligently re-posting the Saint Ange Tourism Report weekly. Our Report ranges far and wide, from Australia to the Americas, from the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands to Africa & Asian and Greater Europe, with your continued support, which is greatly appreciated. You are helping us grow from strength to strength with each new Edition.

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