See also:
» 01.03.2011 - Africa prepares for carnival season
» 18.01.2011 - Record tourist arrival numbers in Seychelles
» 28.09.2010 - Seychelles opens 1st "carbon neutral reserve"
» 13.05.2010 - Seychelles embraces SA tourist market
» 09.04.2010 - Seychelles, Réunion tourism cooperation pays off
» 02.02.2010 - Seychelles appoints ambassadors to boost tourism
» 15.10.2008 - Seychelles tourist industry fears recession
» 03.06.2008 - Seychelles' Praslin in for beautification

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Travel - Leisure | Economy - Development

Seychelles seeks cheaper image

afrol News, 30 July - The archipelago of Seychelles is known for its magnificent nature and luxury, at some of the highest prices offered in the worldwide tourism industry. This "unfortunate" image of costly accommodation is now to be softened by Seychellois authorities.

The Seychelles Tourism Marketing Authority so far has been careful not to attract low budget travellers to this tropical paradise, building on a luxury image for the upper end of the world's travellers. Yachting, luxury resort, a delicious Creole cuisine and pure nature provided a sound backbone for high class travel to the islands.

But the fragility of the global tourism industry is also noted in Seychelles, located far away from all major tourist markets. An average of 150,000 well-paying visitors annually create the basis of the country's economy and gives it the best standard of living in Africa.

The newest marketing campaign from Air Seychelles thus makes an amazing first-ever effort to diversify the tourist market. "Seychelles is a dream destination for which it is perfectly possible to enjoy a holiday without an enormous budget," the airline promises in its campaign trying to reach "normal" travellers.

- Seychelles unfortunately has a perception of merely offering costly accommodation, Air Seychelles holds. "However, it is possible to find accommodation to fit your budget." According to the national airlines, it was now possible to find a double room for 2 persons starting at euro 75.

At this price, travellers would "not have all the luxuries," however. Still, it is the first time the airline seeks to attract budget travellers to the otherwise expensive archipelago. "Special flight offers" from around euro 650 (departing Munich) are also to attract new groups of European travellers.

Air Seychelles also has other tips on how to make the stay a cheaper affair. The airline assists in finding guest houses, self-catering apartments and bungalows "which are affordable to all budgets." In the self-catering establishment, which are equipped with a kitchen, tourists might even avoid the expensive restaurants of the islands.

As the general price level is very high in Seychelles, a visitor in any way will not avoid spending lots of euros, rand or dollars. Recently, Seychelles was ranked one of the world's ten most expensive holiday destinations by European researchers.

And when Air Seychelles says it can find accommodation "affordable to all budgets," the monopoly airline knows it is addressing only possible clients with a medium-or-above budget. Real low budget accommodation is still not available and low budget travellers are in reality not welcome on the archipelago. As the airlines carefully points out: "Camping is forbidden in the Seychelles."

The Seychelles Tourism Marketing Authority, meanwhile, continues with its successful upper-class campaign branded "as pure as it gets". Here, potential visitors are presented to "sumptuous 5 star lodges, exotic island hideaways and resorts," leaving no doubt that the Seychelles are and will remain a luxury tourist destination.

- Create an e-mail alert for Seychelles news
- Create an e-mail alert for Travel - Leisure news
- Create an e-mail alert for Economy - Development news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at