Emirates renews support for Seychelles’ tourism industry



Alain St Ange, Sherin Naiken, Orhan Abbas, and Thierry Antinori renewing the MoU agreement


Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has renewed its support to jointly promote tourism in the Seychelles by extending its global marketing agreement memorandum of understanding with the Seychelles Tourism Board.

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ senior vice-president for commercial operations for Africa and Sherin Naiken, chief executive (CEO) of the STB in the presence of Alain St Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture of Seychelles, and Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice-president and chief commercial officer.

The signing took place on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market 2016.

“Seychelles is a very important destination to Emirates and this explains why we are renewing our commitment to promote the islands’ attractions around our global network. We will develop a series of joint activities together with the tourism board of Seychelles, aiming to increase the visibility of the destination with our clients. We truly believe that this partnership is beneficial to both parties and are confident that positive results will be seen in the short term,” Mr Abbas said.

“I am delighted to be signing this MoU with our loyal and much valued partner Emirates Airline, which will serve to foster and further the excellent spirit of collaboration that already exists between us,” replied Ms Naiken.

The agreement will result in marketing activities such as attendance of tourism trade shows and fairs, trade familiarisation trips, product presentations and workshops amongst others.

In June 2015, Emirates increased its capacity to Seychelles when it switched from the Airbus 330-200 used on one of the two daily services to a larger Boeing 777-300ER. The introduction of the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, which operates as flight EK 705 from Dubai and as EK 706 on the return flight, increased the overall capacity on the route by 1722 seats per week and made the route an all-Boeing 777 operation.



Source: NATION 4-28-16