Seychelles has reached a significant milestone in visitor arrivals — 100,000 in 2020 — albeit very late in the year due to the COVID-19 travel lockdowns.
In a bit of good news, a survey by the Seychelles Tourism Board found that 100 percent of respondents said they felt safe in Seychelles during the pandemic.
During the week that ended on November 29, the total visitor arrivals to the Indian Ocean archipelago reached 102,246 – a 71 percent drop compared to the same period in 2019.
According to data from the Seychelles’ National Bureau of Statistics, Israel is the leading market for tourist arrivals, making up 75 percent of the total arrival for the latest week. It is followed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Germany with nine percent and five percent respectively.
Air Seychelles resumed its flights to Tel Aviv, Israel, on November 16 and according to Israel Hayom, another airline – El Al Israel Airlines – will start operating three weekly flights to Seychelles as December 9.
In a recent statement, the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), Sherin Francis, said the predicting trends has become difficult as travellers are booking very close to their travel date.