Blue Safari Seychelles in partnership with Island Conservation Society (ICS) and Islands Development Company (IDC) is continuing to run programmes to protect ecosystems on four of Seychelles’ outer islands despite huge financial difficulties due to a reduction in tourism arrivals because of COVID-19.
Blue Safari Seychelles is a concept introduced in the island nation in 2018 which offers a first-hand discovery of Astove, Cosmoledo, Amirantes, and Alphonse – four of Seychelles’ atolls — through experiential travel. Through its activities, the company engages visitors in conservation activities, getting them involved in contributing to the protection of these islands’ ecosystems.
From March to December last year the company welcomed 224 tourists to the islands compared to 905 in 2019 for the same period. Visitors to the four outer islands have to pay $25 a day as a conservation charge to fund projects.
The chief executive of Blue Safari, renowned fly-fishing expert Keith Rose-Innes, told SNA that despite the fact that actual and potential revenue loss has just exceeded $8 million due to a steep drop in visitors over the last year, it is important for projects to keep running as a gap in information could potentially skew projects’ results…