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Seychelles home grown small hotels & Self Catering establishments are an example in the ‘home away from home’ experience

April 24, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelThe Seychelles Islands continues to fight the perception that it is a destination for only the ‘peoples’ of the world who are searching for only five star properties.

Over the years many Seychellois joined the tourism industry and invested into brand new establishments offering a Seychelles to the potential holiday makers travelling in the tail end of the planes.

Visit to Hotel Establishment on prasin phase twoThis development in the tourism and hospitality industry by Seychellois was further accelerated after President James Michel appealed to Seychelles to claim back their industry, and for more Seychellois to get involved in their country’s tourism industry. “The only way for the Seychelles tourism industry to be consolidated is for Seychellois to be encouraged to be involved in the industry that remains the pillar of their country’s economy. This approach will ensure the people of Seychelles defend and protect the industry our country needs so much. They will defend it because they industry will belong to them as well as to the bigger consortiums investing in Seychelles” Minister Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture said when he was reacting to questions during his latest door-to-door visits at tourism establishments on Praslin.

In an industry where competition is tight, every-one in Seychelles is trying hard to find the secret recipe to success. Many small Seychellois investors have found, what they say is the right formula for Praslin and this is investing in Self Catering establishments. This trend of mid range and budget accommodation not only attracts a wider range of visitors, but these smaller tourism establishments remains the choice for many travellers searching for exclusivity in an establishment, where they could feel at a “ home away from home” experience.

Praslin Island, the second most highly populated island of the Seychelles is part of the Inner Island group of the Seychelles archipelago and has over the last few years developed what is now considered a niche market for this kind of properties. Statistics show that 50% of the total number of hotels on the island of Praslin is part of the self catering category. Alain St.Ange, the Minister for Tourism and Culture accompanied by Anne Lafortune, the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Sherin Naiken, the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board and John Stravens, the Chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality of Tourism Association (SHTA) were on Praslin on Tuesday 15th April as part of the second phase of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture door-to-door visits to the island’s hotel establishments. The visitin the Grand Anse area saw the Minister’s delegation visit the St.Joseph Self Catering establishment, the Green Villas, Casa Verde, La Colombo D’or, Le Relax Beach Resort, Ocean Villa, the Beach Villa, Villa Favorita, La Cabanne des Pecheurs, La Cuvette, Chez Rona Self Catering and Frangipalm Bungalow. The owners of all these properties are Seychellois and they said that 50% of their business is repeat clients who are also very happy to recommend their establishments to their friends and colleagues. These Seychellois Hoteliers explained that one of their most rewarding aspects of their business is to share their island’s authentic culture and tradition with their clients. Alain St.Ange, the Minister of Tourism and Culture said it was heartening to see young and dedicated Seychellois putting “their money where their mouth is” and managing their small establishments with success. After the many points that are seen as challenges for Praslin hoteliers, such as dogs tied close to the fences of hotels, or simply the increase of dogs without a home, the Minister for Tourism said that such sad trends are starting to impact the tourism industry negatively. “Seychelles and every Seychellois need and want to see the tourism industry work. This is why I am taking the opportunity the opportunity to appeal to every Seychellois to understand that their actions may sometimes be detrimental to the country’s industry that is the pillar of the economy of Seychelles. For example the ongoing problem of sand flies on Praslin needs to be put under control, as are the noise made by blowers used to clean the roads in close proximity to hotels early in the morning and waking hotel guests who are here to enjoy a quiet holiday” Minister St.Ange said. The Minister and his delegation are expected to be back on Praslin for the third phase of the Ministry’s door-to-door visit of hotel establishments. On his way back to the Praslin Jetty to catch the ferry back to Mahe, Minister St.Ange stopped at Fond Ferdinand to see for himself the coco de mer seedling he had been invited to plant in 2012. “The coco de mer plant has now got its first leaf coming out of the soil and it was a nice feeling to see this as it makes me feel part of this great nature garden where bearing coco de mer trees are so plentiful. Fond Ferdinand is a must for visitors and for Seychellois visiting Praslin” Minister Alain St.Ange said.

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