The average length of stay of tourists in Seychelles hiked to 10.9 days in January 2014. According to the Seychelles National Bureau of Statistic visitors coming to Seychelles during the month of January 2014 increased to 5% compared to January 2013. Seychelles recorded the highest level in length of stay of 11.8 days in August 2010.
The Seychelles National Statistic Bureau figures also show that out of 16,521 visitors who arrived in Seychelles during the month of January 2014, 2317 were from Russia. The figures represent an increase of 32% on the Russian market compared to the same period in 2013. France, the Seychelles leading market has been pushed to second position with an average of 2216 visitors for the month of January 2014. It is to be noted that visitors coming from Russia traditionally land in Seychelles during their annual winter months.
Seychelles also witnessed in January 2014 a boom in the number of visitors coming from China. China not solely showed positive growth but took the third position in January 2014 as one of the Seychelles leading source markets. With the opening up of Chinese routes and aggressive market packages from Destination Management Companies to grasp a fair share of the market, the number of visitors from China increased to 2086 in January 2014, representing an increase of 65% compared to January 2013.
Seychelles Tourism Board’s China Manager described this growth as encouraging. Germany, Italy and South Africa also listed among Seychelles six leading markets in January 2014 are also showing positive growth. Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture congratulated the Tourism Board for the remarkable growth of the island’s six leading source markets. „It is clear that decisions you continue to take when you meet for your end of year Marketing Meeting with the private sector trade is bringing good returns. Your work is often not seen except when visitor arrival numbers increase and when more pages in Tour Operators programs are featuring Seychelles products. You have to continue to keep Seychelles visible in the four corners of the world and you have to continue to ensure that Seychelles remains a relevant tourism destination. Together we have been doing this well so far, but we need to continue along on our set course as per discussions between ourselves and our private sector partners“ Minister St.Ange said.
With these positive growth in visitors’ arrival for January 2014 and this coupled with increase in visitor’s length of stay, the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture says that the tourism of Seychelles remains on a firm footing.
Source: Seychelles Tourism Board (STB)