Seychelles lost more than half of Russian tourists
The cessation of direct transportation, rising prices and the inability to pay with cards reduced in March the outbound tourist flow from Russia to the Seychelles by 55% compared to February.
In February, 4 534 tourists from Russia arrived in the Seychelles. This is 19% less than in January (5 625), which is mainly explained by the seasonal decline. But in this island state a decrease of the tourist flow from the Russian Federation in March started from the second week.
So, in the last week of February, 1 192 Russians arrived in the Seychelles (1st place, ahead of France), and in the first week of March – 1 068 tourists (also 1st place).
But already in the second week of March, the cessation of direct transportation between Russia and the Seychelles forced two-thirds of the tourists to “leave” the destination. So, from March 7 to March 13, only 308 people flew to the islands (mostly by connecting flights), from March 14 to March 20 - 296, and from March 21 to March 27 - only 281 citizens of the Russian Federation.
Totally, only 1 953 Russians flew to the Seychelles in March, which is 55% less than in February. As a result, in March, Russia dropped from the first to the 5th line in the list of the main source markets for the Seychelles.
Coral Travel confirms that tour operators have lost almost 90% of all sales to the Seychelles. The average duration of a tour to these islands has already been reduced from 10 to 6 nights. But there are signs of a gradual recovery of the demand.
Flights to the Seychelles are now possible only with connections (as it was before the pandemic) - on flights of foreign airlines. Mostly tourists choose Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines.