Ramkalawan was speaking at the opening of the Club Med Eco resort on Île Ste Anne on Wednesday. (Nation of Seychelles)
(Seychelles News Agency) – Seychelles tourism industry appears to be on a positive path for recovery, bringing a sense of stability to the country amid a global backdrop Covid-19 pandemicPresident Wavel Ramkalawan said amid the return of several airlines and the opening of new hotels in the island nation.
President Ramkalawan spoke a month after the country reopened its borders to visitors, reviving the tourism industry.
“Since March 25, several airlines have resumed regular flights with very high occupancy rates. The recent confirmation of Turkish Airlines and Aeroflot flights is a sign of renewed confidence. Air Seychelles has been contacted to fly to Uzbekistan for a special flight. For now, we are moving towards positivity, ”said the president.
Air France is expected to return later this year, the president said, adding that he would not be surprised if British Airways resumed flights to the islands when the UK opens.
Ramkalawan added: “We have succeeded in bringing the dollar price down and we are doing our best to stabilize the country. There are several other hotel projects and we are optimistic for the future.”
The Head of State spoke with journalists at the opening of the Eco Resort Club Med Wednesday on Île Ste Anne. Another hotel that will open this year is the Hilton Mango House Seychelles. The construction of a new hotel complex has also just started at Anse La Mouche on the main island of Mahé. On the outer island of Fregate, the Fregate Private Resort is also undergoing renovations.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, added that the revival of tourism in Seychelles has seen the emergence of new markets.
“This is the sign of a solid start to diversify our markets. But above all, it is proof that the recovery was carried out responsibly and above all in the interest of the whole nation. I am happy to follow the positive development of the rupee against the main foreign currencies, such an important element in bringing down the cost of living in our country, ”said Ragegonde.
The minister, who also spoke at the inauguration of Club Med, added: “Since March 25, the country has welcomed 9,000 tourists. Today, after almost a month, the economy is back. on track and the most tangible sign is the rate of the rupee against the dollar. We are already feeling the benefits of this stimulus. “
“As soon as visitors from Western European countries can travel, we will quickly reach cruising speed in our hospitality industry. As such, we hope to see the French national carrier Air France in the skies of the Seychelles very soon, now that Club Med is established with us, says Radegonde.