Europe still providing over 70% of tourism arrivals to Seychelles by STB
Seychelles Tourism Board’s Director of Marketing for Europe, Bernadette Willemin
Despite the economic recession hitting many European countries, Europe is still Seychelles’ main source market, supplying 74,436 visitors up to the second week of June 2013, or a 12% increase on the corresponding period for last year.
This was said by the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Director of Marketing for Europe, Bernadette Willemin, at the board’s mid-year review in June.
France remains in the pole position as the top performing market with 18,547 visitors in mid-June, which is a 16% increase on last year. Germany, which is the only European market served by a weekly direct flight to Seychelles – operated by Condor – is second with 14,751 visitors (27% increase) and Italy is third with 8,564 visitors, representing a drop of 3% on last year.
Mrs Willemin said that though figures from UK are showing just 5,000 visitors by mid-June, this is an increase of 16% on the same period for last year.
The Russian market has also grown by 4% to reach 7,833 visitors, taking the fourth position after Italy.
Despite the on-going recession in Europe, the Seychelles Tourism Board with all its partners are continuing to drive business on the different markets and the aim is to attract 157,000 European tourists by the end of the year.