New terminal for ferry operations now officialy opened


(Posted 16th August 2016)

Passengers using the high speed ferry between the main Seychelles island of Mahe to the second largest island of Praslin are now able to use the new terminal, which has been under construction for the past two years.
Officially opened over the weekend by the Minister for Transport and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Joel Morgan, does the new facility meet the demands of the archipelago’s tourism industry which has for long been asking for better services at the ferry port.
The new terminal provides larger check in offices, shelter against the elements come rain or shine, a cafeteria, DMC offices and shops, providing the travelers with everything they might need before boarding the ferry for the one hour trip between the two islands.
Present at the official opening were also the Minister for Tourism and Culture Mr. Alain St. Ange, the Deputy CEO of the Seychelles Port Authority Mr. Garry Albert and other ranking officials from various government institutions as well as tourism stakeholders. The two Ministers unveiled a commemorative plaque before being taken through the new facility by Port Authority staff.
While delivering his formal address did Minister Morgan also intimate that the success of direct flights between the Seychelles and Paris – the Minister is also Chairman of Air Seychelles – will lead to an increase in flights from presently three per week to five per week as an intermediate measure, before in due time going daily. France remains the number one tourism source market for the Seychelles and the announcement was greeted with overwhelmingly positive comments from the archipelago’s tourism fraternity. Arrivals, after a record year in 2015, are again up in a year on year comparison, suggesting that the various measures taken by the Seychelles government to promote the Seychelles as one of the world’s great island destinations, continues to work and produce results.
Next to start flights to Mahe will be Turkish Airlines with initially three services per week while Qatar Airways will a few weeks later commence daily flights between Doha and Mahe, offering yet more options to reach the paradise islands by air from across the world.
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