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Israeli charter jet lands in Seychelles for silver flight

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The first Air Seychelles flight from Hong Kong touched down Tuesday morning at 6:30 am and was followed in the afternoon by the arrival of another special flight by “El Al,” an Israeli Airline jet,

The first Air Seychelles flight from Hong Kong touched down Tuesday morning at 6:30 am and was followed in the afternoon by the arrival of another special flight by “El Al,” an Israeli Airline jet, chartered by the travel agency Medraft Spirit.

“Our company, Medraft Spirit, [has] operate[d] charters to Seychelles since September 2007; actually this is our “silver” flight being the 25th flight to your lovely shores. We are the only tour operator in Israel dealing with Seychelles on a permanent basis twice a year during our holidays. We have started off with Group Business, and since October 2009 our focus has shifted to FIT clients. The hotels that we feature vary from the 3-stars all the way to the luxurious ends like Fregate, Maia, Denis, and Desroches,” said the General Manager and owner of Medraft Spirit, Mrs. Tali Dative.

This is Mrs. Tali Dative’s 25th visit to the Seychelles. Altogether, there were a total of 270 visitors on the flight, including 50 repeat visitors and included many families. Same as Air Seychelles flight from Hong Kong, the Israeli’s visitors were treated to the traditional music of the “Latroup Nasyonal,” performing some of their Seychelles favorite songs such as “Going back to the Seychelles.”

Also at the airport to welcome the arrivals were the staff of the Seychelles Tourism Board and representatives of Mason’s Travel, headed by the destination management company (DMC), represented by Debra Malbrook. Mason’s Travel is the local ground-handling agent taking care of most accommodation, transfers, and excursions.

The visitors will be staying at several 5-star resorts such as Constance Ephelia, Le Meridien, Barbarons, Kempinski, Hilton resorts, Four Seasons, Maia, and Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay.

Medraft Spirit also operates tours to Mauritius and Maldives, but Seychelles has the highest percentage of visitors.

Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP).

PHOTO: Arrivals on El Al Airline, Seychelles Latroup Nasyonal welcoming the arrivals and the General Manager and owner of Medraft Spirit, Mrs. Tali Dative.