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Seychelles opens doors to massive Chinese tourist market

The Seychelles is preparing to greet 150-plus visitors from China, the biggest-ever group tour from the world’s largest populous country, on January 22 in its drive to ramp up tourists from there.
According to the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St. Ange, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, accompanied by Amia Desir-Jovanovic, the Tourism Board’s Senior Marketing Executive, were at the airport on Sunday to welcome Jia Yin, Manager for China Travel Services (CTS), responsible for the Outbound Tourism for Middle East and Africa Department, who arrived via Dubai.

Mr. Yin is in Seychelles to finalize arrangements and logistics for the arrival of the first big group of Chinese visitors. Seychelles has been working to open up its doors to the big potential market that exists in China. President James Michel personally led different high-level visits to China accompanied by Alain St. Ange other government and private sector officials, the board statement said.
During a meeting between Mr. Yin, Mr. St. Ange, and Ms. Desir-Jovanovic held soon after Mr. Yin’s arrival in Seychelles, the China Travel Services Manager confirmed the company’s interest to continue promoting the Seychelles islands in China.

“This first group could have been bigger, but we were short of airline seats from China,” said Mr. Yin, as he explained to the Tourism Board officials’ details of the packages being promoted by China Travel Services in China to generate this first group.

Discussions also touched on the need for Seychelles to explore the possibilities of developing twin-centre holiday options with an African Safari; a La Reunion Mountain and Volcano tour; or with a shopping trip in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or Doha.

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