Out & About

Seychelles Business Travel Guide - - AFRICA -

“A CO­COON OF lux­ury” sums up the coun­try most aptly, and while di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion is proving clever and as­tute, it doesn’t take away from the coun­try’s core as­set: its par­adise set­ting and con­se­quent ap­peal as a tourism hub.

Ini­ti­at­ing back in 1971 upon the open­ing of Sey­chelles In­ter­na­tional Air­port, tourism quickly be­came a sta­ple fis­cal con­trib­u­tor; and while this is still the case, it is ac­tu­ally the legacy it has left be­hind which is proving most sig­nif­i­cant in the present day.

Its hos­pi­tal­ity op­tions, trans­port net­work, con­fer­ence in­fras­truc­ture, and leisure func­tions now be­fit a na­tion primed and ready for ex­ten­sive busi­ness fa­cil­i­ta­tion, mak­ing it a des­ti­na­tion for all sea­sons and all rea­sons.

In re­cent years, the Government has fur­ther en­cour­aged for­eign in­vest­ment via nu­mer­ous up­grades to its ho­tels and pub­lic ser­vices.

The Tourism Board con­tin­ues: “In the tourism sec­tor, Four Sea­sons is open­ing a ho­tel on Des­roches Is­land in the Ami­rantes, 140 miles from Mahé; while des­ti­na­tion man­age­ment com­pa­nies are gear­ing up with brand new boats and semi-sub­mersibles to add value to tourist en­ter­tain­ment.”

Once out and about, the dy­namic na­ture of the coun­try shines through in ev­ery res­tau­rant, bar, mar­ket and land­mark; al­low­ing the Sey­chelles’ nat­u­ral and his­tor­i­cal pref­er­ences to speak for them­selves, rather than west­ern­ising them too sin­cerely.

Seafood inevitably forms a large part of the coun­try’s cui­sine and is cham­pi­oned by the ma­jor­ity of each is­land’s top restau­rants; ac­com­pa­nied by fresh, ex­otic fruits and flow­ers.

While sit­ting down to your meal, you will of­ten be graced with the di­verse yet lo­cal tones of Sey­chel­lois mu­sic, and it would then be rude not to have a beer (or three). The lo­cal Sey­brew beer in par­tic­u­lar is a great ex­am­ple of Africa-meets-Europe and can then be washed down by an even more tra­di­tional rum as you wind down the day at one of the many beach bars.

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