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Seychelles Tourism Board and Emirates Holidays attend Dive Middle East Exhibition
by STB

Group photo (From left to right) Rajinder Adikaritileke, Sr. Sales Executive Emirates Holidays, Reema Al Abbas, Project Manager EDA, Milanie Manalo, Sr Marketing Executive, Seychelles Tourism Office Middle East, Aliette Esther, Tourism Attaché Embassy of Republic of Seychelles and Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, Executive Director EDA
In an effort to further increase the awareness of Seychelles in the region, a joint cooperation between Seychelles Tourism Offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and Emirates Holidays meant that we had a strong presence at the Dubai International Boat Show from 5th - 9th March 2013 under the Dive Middle East Exhibition pavilion.

Held in association with Emirates Diving Association (EDA), Dive Middle East Exhibition celebrated its 7th year this year. The five-day event engaged us in promoting the Seychelles, not only as a normal holiday destination, but also one where you can indulge in diving, sailing and fishing. A huge number of consumers visited the Seychelles stand and showed their interest to travel this year. Their enthusiasm was certainly spurred by both what the Seychelles has to offer as well as the amazing deals by Emirates Holidays: AED 5,126 for 3 nights including the airfare, hotel, and private transfers on breakfast basis which is valid until 30th April 2013.

A number of high profile clients from different parts of the world were seen at the show and graced the stand to recount their unforgettable experiences and the beauty of Seychelles.

“STO Middle East has witnessed a substantial growth this year with 37% increase from Jan to Feb 2013 compared to the same period last year. With the continuous presence of Seychelles on this targeted event we are optimistic that we will achieve our goal this year to receive 22,500 visitors,” says Ahmed Fathallah, Regional Manager, Seychelles Tourism Office, Middle East.

“STB’s aim in participating in this event is to continue to increase awareness of the impressive diving, fishing, yachting and sailing opportunities that the Seychelles can offer. The Middle East remains a lucrative market for Seychelles and we will continue to increase the visibility of Seychelles to strengthen its position” says Aliette Esther, Tourism Attaché, Seychelles Tourism Office, Abu Dhabi.