Seychelles 2011 Visitor Arrivals up 11%

The Seychelles National Bureau of Statistics has published the 2011 accumulated visitor arrival numbers and confirmed that a record-breaking number of tourists holidayed in Seychelles in the year 2011.

In 2011, the government’s Independent National Bureau of Statistics confirmed that 194,753 came to Seychelles. This is a growth of 11 percent over the 2010 figures. The visitor arrival figure is well over 2 times the total population of the Seychelles and just under 5 times the country’s adult population.

Although the European market was adversely impacted by the global economic crisis and by the euro financial crisis, France, Great Britain, Germany, and Italy remained Seychelles’ top markets.

China emerged as the best performing potential market for 2010-2011, shooting up with 97 percent growth, whereas the Middle East Market posted for the first time ever a strong growth rate of more than ten-thousand visitors, which represents a 44 percent increase.

Statistics from the NBS show the inbound tourism flow increased in 2010-2011 in these leading markets: France is up by 12 percent, Great Britain by 8 percent, and Germany has risen by 10 percent. Italy’s market continues to generate a flat increase, whereas Russia has taken a nosedive of 6 percent.

The market share remains the same with Europe recording a 75 percent market share, Africa 12 percent, and Asia 10 percent.

In 2011, the Seychelles Tourism Board projected a 7 percent increase in tourism arrivals, but this was surpassed by 4 percent, which means the rise in tourist arrivals was 11 percent for the year.

With the planned arrival of new airlines (Transaero Airlines ex Moscow, Ethiopian Airlines ex Addis Ababa, Air Austral ex Paris, and Blue Panorama ex Rome  & Milan), the Seychelles Tourism Board is pinning its hopes on a strong target of attaining 200,000 visitors in 2012 – a modest, three percent increase. The Seychelles government has also confirmed that it is working on having new direct weekly flights to China to help kick-start this important potential market.

Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said that. “The government of the country has also supported the efforts of its Tourism Board and on more occasion than one, the President of the Republic himself led working visits in potential markets to help facilitate the work of the country’s tourism industry.”

Jan 11, 2012      Source: Seychelles Tourism Board

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