Seychelles reconnects with Arab travel market at global event in Dubai

Tourism Seychelles’ participation is also in line with the destination’s vision to raise awareness of the island nation’s latest sustainable efforts. (Gerard Larose)

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(Seychelles News Agency) – In an effort to reconnect, network and forge new business ties with various entities in the travel industry, a team from Tourism Seychelles – the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism – attended the Arab travel market (ATM), a global event held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

In a press release on Tuesday, Tourism Seychelles said that after a two-year absence, the team met several participants representing various industry sectors at the event which took place from May 9-12.

Tourism Seychelles Managing Director Bernadette Willemin said Tourism Seychelles was truly delighted to have been part of this year’s ATM.

“The last few years have been difficult for the tourism and hospitality industry, which is why we were all looking forward to this event as it is the first major event since the pandemic. We are indeed convinced that the travel and tourism sector will return to normalcy and the ATM is just the start of that,” she said.

Tourism Seychelles’ participation is also in line with the destination’s vision to raise awareness of the island nation’s latest sustainable efforts as the industry recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Tourism Seychelles’ regional representative in the Middle East, Ahmed Fathallah, said “it was great to be able to meet existing partners and clients, and all the more grateful that we were able to connect and build a network with new potential customers.. Events like these are great reminders that our industries may have suffered a while ago, but this event is proof that people’s confidence in traveling is slowly returning .

Arab airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways connect Seychelles to the Middle East and the rest of the world, offering the most combined flights to the island state.

Seychelles closed its borders in December 2020 after a spike in cases and after recording its first COVID-19-related death. The island nation reopened its borders in March 2021 to revive its tourism industry, the first pillar of its economy.

Willie R. Golden