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9,16% more Russian tourists visited Seychelles
According to the results of 2019, against a year earlier, 9,16% more Russians came the Seychelles, which has the status of an exclusive, expensive and elite destination on the Russian market.
Tour operators: demand for New Year's exotic is 15 times higher than for tours in the low season
The desire to spend the New Year on exotic islands is increasing among Russians despite on the economic situation. A lot of hotels offer accommodation for New Year dates on favorable conditions.
Russian tourist flow to the exotic islands of the Indian Ocean grew by 14.6%
In the first quarter of 2019 the Russian tourist flow to the exotic island destinations of the Indian Ocean continued to grow. In total, for the first quarter of 2019 73,764 tourists from the Russian Federation visited the exotic island destinations of the Indian Ocean - the Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, which is 14.57% more than a year earlier.
The Seychelles - prospective for the season of 2019
According to the results of 2018, the flow of tourists to Seychelles from Russia fell by 13.8%. The dynamics of the beginning of this year are also negative. Nevertheless, tour operators believe that in 2019 the country will stabilize demand for Seychelles in the organized segment.
Why Seychelles lose Russian tourists
Seychelles Tourism Authority (STB) released statistics on tourist arrivals for the first half of 2018. The figures for the Russian tourist flow show a serious decline (- 17%). According to Seychelles National Bureau of Statistics, Seychelles hosted 167,381 foreign tourists from January 1 till June 24, which is 2% more than in the same period in 2017 (164,866 tourists).
Russian tourists keep traveling to Seychelles without visas
Press release on the entry into force of an agreement waiving visa requirements for short-term trips by citizens of Russia and the Seychelles Republic was published on the web site of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday. The agreement between the Russian government and the government of the Republic of Seychelles waiving visa requirements for short-term trips by citizens of both countries, which was signed in Victoria, Seychelles, on September 2, 2015, will enter into effect on December 14.