The Seychelles hailed as the world’s leading honeymoon destination
The Seychelles has dethroned four-time winner Mauritius as the world’s leading honeymoon destination at the 2016 World Travel Awards. The Indian Ocean destination was presented with the accolade at the recently held grand final ceremony that took place in the Maldives with 250 global hospitality leaders in attendance.
Thanks in large part to its stunning white sandy beaches and calm turquoise waters, the Seychelles has been recognised by the World Travel Awards as the top choice for destination weddings and honeymoons. At the recently held 2016 edition of the prestigious grand final ceremony, widely recognised as the Oscars of the tourism industry, the Seychelles took home the award for the “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination”. Notably, the Seychelles bested ten other destinations nominated in the same category including four-time winner Mauritius.
Speaking at the time of the award, Seychelles Tourism Board chief executive Sherin Francis highlighted the significance of the accolade to the archipelago.
“For me when you mention Seychelles, it’s synonymous to romance, weddings and honeymoon. So the award reiterates the message that is always stressed on during our marketing events, that Seychelles is one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations”
Francis went on to note that the award was proof that the Seychelles has already successfully established itself as a key destination among honeymooners and as a result the challenge was not to market the Seychelles as a honeymoon destination per say but rather to ensure that it remained visible in the minds of holidaymakers.
Also key to the Seychelles’ ongoing success as a holiday destination is the continued support and development of the nation’s blue economy, this according to Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Alain St.Ange who spoke at the recently held inaugural Seychelles Ocean Festival. St. Ange’s highlighted the archipelago’s dependence on the pristine waters and its related industries such as sailing, diving, snorkelling, boating and island hopping- all key pull factors for honeymooners and the average traveller alike.
While it looks to devise its strategy for 2017 and beyond, the Seychelles’ tourism sector undoubtedly has a lot to celebrate moving as 2016 comes to a close with not only the recent World Travel Award but also news that it has already surpassed its 2015 international arrival figure and is on track to record 300, 000 visitors in 2016. Ms. Francis attributed the sector’s success in 2016 to the hard work of the trade partners such as the airlines and the close collaboration between the various tourism authorities.
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