Land of the sublime, the Seychelles is a paradise of topaz waters, lush hills, and exquisite, pearlescent sandy beaches scattered across 115 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Talcum powder beaches are naturally their biggest attraction, complete with secluded coves, coral-coloured sunsets and slick luxury resorts.
Although the Seychelles is better known as a glamorous honeymoon and holiday getaway, it offers much for business and incentive travellers alike. David Germain, Seychelles Tourist Office’s Director for Africa and the Americas, says it is “a place so very far from the madding crowd that still enjoys wide communications access, excellent transportation and communication facilities and modern infrastructure.”
“Seychelles welcomes business, group and conference trips as more and more hotels and exclusive hideaways cater specifically for high-end incentive travel arrangements,” he explains, “with a range of dedicated amenities and professional staff on hand to handle the required details, and ensure conferences and incentive trips are memorable ones.”
Seychelles celebrates many cultural and national holidays throughout the year such as China Day in January, the Jazz Festival in April, Africa Day in May, the Feast of Consumption in August, Festival Kreol in October and Seychelles Ocean Festival in December. It also has a number of high-quality venues that are ideal for small to medium-sized conferences and meetings. International Conference Centre Seychelles (ICCS) holds up to 500 delegates, while the Natural Cultural Centre is another popular meeting venue. Kempinski Seychelles Resort seats up to 200, while other iconic resort venues include the Constance Ephelia, the Four Seasons Seychelles, Eden Bleu Hotel, and Banyan Tree Seychelles – which holds up to 60 guests.
Continue reading about the Seychelles in Issue 7: