Air Seychelles has attracted strong interest from visitors at Top Resa, the largest French travel trade fair, in the wake of the recent launch of non-stop flights between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Seychelles.
The four-day event, which took place at the Porte de Versailles between September 29 and October 2, is the leading business-to-business travel exhibition in France and was attended by more than 30,000 trade professionals.
The carrier was represented at the event by Air Seychelles’ sales and marketing staff and AVIAREPS staff, its general sales agent in France, who were positioned at the Seychelles Tourism Board and Etihad Airways Partners stands.
Roy Kinnear, chief executive of Air Seychelles, said: “Top Resa is the leading travel trade fair in France and represents a great opportunity for Air Seychelles to further strengthen its presence in the French market.
“The French travel trade has responded very positively to our non-stop flights between France and Seychelles, which, combined with our codeshare flights, offer the travelling public more flexibility and connectivity choice.
“We are delighted to work together with the Seychelles Tourism Board and Etihad Airways Partners at Top Resa to develop our business ties in France and continue introducing business and holidaymakers travellers to the beauty of Seychelles.”
Air Seychelles launched a three-per-week non-stop service between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Seychelles in July 2015 and operates a modern Airbus A330 aircraft in a two cabin configuration on the route.
Sherin Naiken, chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, said: “More than 25,000 visitors from France have visited our shores in the first eight and a half months of 2015, making it the number one tourism market for our archipelago.
“We are confident that by continuing to market Seychelles through excellent platforms such as Top Resa, and providing travellers with convenient flights with Air Seychelles, the tourism ties between France and Seychelles will only deepen in the future.”
Providing guests with more choice and flexibility, the airline currently codeshares on domestic flights operated by Air France between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseilles, Montpellier, Nice and Toulouse, as well as flights operated by Etihad Airways between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Abu Dhabi, where travellers have convenient onward connections to Seychelles.
Travellers from France can also take advantage of Air Seychelles flights from Seychelles to Mauritius and Antananarivo, combining a trip to the Seychelles archipelago with a visit to another Indian Ocean island.
Source : Seychelles NATION