Seychelles added another award to its collection when it won the “Most Scenic Holiday” award at the International Travel Expo (ITE) recently from U-magazine in collaboration with ITE. The destination won the award after receiving more votes.
The award was collected by the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Senior Marketing Executive, Stephanie Lablache, who was attending the fair in Hong Kong which took place from June 16-19.
Hong Kong has 7.2 million people that can visit some 140 destinations visa free; Hong Kong in 2014 spent US$22.8 billion on international travel and is ranked Asia’s fourth largest source market with over 86 million departures.
ITE is Asia’s long-established and Hong Kong’s only travel fair. In 2015, it drew from 50 countries and regions a total of 607 exhibitors (85% from abroad); 11,874 buyers and trade visitors (around 75% from Hong Kong and 25% from mainland China and abroad) in two trade days; and 78,116 public visitors (over 85% FIT or private tour groups).
Among its buyers and trade visitors, 6198 (52.2%) were from travel agents; 2,534 (21.3%) from MICE and corporations; and 907 (7.6%) from the media.
The Minister in the Embassy of Seychelles in China, Dr. Sydney To, and the trade and investments representative of Seychelles in Hong Kong, Mary Jim, also attended the fair alongside the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Manager for China, Jean- Luc Lai Lam, and the Marketing Executive, Mavreen Pouponneau.
During the four days at the fair, Seychelles got a lot of interest from the Hong Kong trade members looking to send more visitors to its shores, as well as the local public inquiring about the various activities that the destination has to offer.
Andrew Jones, the Chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) who recently met the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, and the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Senior Consultant, Glynn Burridge, when they attended the PATA summit in Guam last month, met the Seychelles delegation in Hong Kong and said he was very taken by Seychelles and said he plans to visit soon.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) . For more information on Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, click here.