Destinations team up to provide added value

With the UK government adding high “carbon” taxes for anyone flying from the UK overseas destinations are looking at new ways of adding value.

We met with two such destinations at the World Travel Market in London this week and spoke with Alain St. Ange the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism board and Lindiwe Kweie the CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company who told us of their plans to offer a dual destination package where in the Seychelles divers can experience exceptional clarity in the water and no pollution. Whale Sharks, Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Grouper, Reef Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Stingrays and living corals are just a few examples of what to see.

Visitors to Johannesburg are offered a safari experience where you get to chance to encounter the “big five” Elephant, leopard, Lion, rhinoceros and buffalo. There is also the opportunity for the non diver to spend spend spend at bargain shopping outlets for unique items.

We shall have this interview available shortly.

Since returning from the WTM show we have also learned that the Seychelles and Mauritius have signed a Memorandum of Understanding of Tourism Cooperation when they met at the Seychelles Stand at the World Travel Market in London.

Alain St.Ange the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board and Robert Desvaux the Chairman of the Mauritius Tourism Promotional Authority signing a Memorandum of Understanding of Tourism Cooperation when they met at the Seychelles Stand at the World Travel Market in London.

Both the Seychelles and Mauritius have excellent diving and we hope to be able to bring you a series of reports on the Seychelles.