SEYCHELLES EXPECTS ‘HONEYMOON BOOM’ FROM ROYAL CHOICE
The choice of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to spend their honeymoon on the ‘North Island’ of the Seychelles, has catapulted an already very visible Indian Ocean island destination into the global spotlight like little else would have done.
A concerted effort over the last two years, including the use of London taxis to popularize the Seychelles in Britain, has seemingly paid off however as the couple decided on flying to the archipelago. Global honeymoon destinations, including Tahiti and other South Pacific Islands but also ‘competing’ Indian Ocean Islands and other destinations, had all hoped they would ‘scoop the prize of 2011’ as far as prominent honeymooners go but it was the Seychelles getting royal nod to the delight of the tourist board staff and the entire tourism industry across the islands.
Already collecting recognition and tourism trade awards en masse this year, wherever STB and the islands private sector appear, the Seychelles has in recent years managed to maintain and in fact increase its appeal for the rich and famous as a unique and secluded holiday destination, while at the same time pushing the message into the market of ‘Affordable Seychelles’, promoting Seychellois owned Bed and Breakfasts, holiday villas and beach houses.
Emirates is going double daily this year to Mahe and has underwritten a major marketing effort to push the destination in conjunction with the Seychelles Tourist Board and other airlines too have added frequencies or are using larger aircraft on the route.
Royal watchers may wish to visit www.north-island.com to get an insight of what exquisite and sophisticated resort the young Royals enjoyed during the post wedding get away and the resort is open for bookings, as are others across the various islands.
For more information visit www.seychelles.travel where a comprehensive accommodation guide is available or see your favourite travel agent to book a holiday of a lifetime.