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24 May

Seychelles Tourism Board partners with South African Tourism and Giltedge Ocean Islands in hosting FAM trip for luxury USA travel agents

In the last week of November 2017, the Seychelles Tourism Board in collaboration with South African Tourism and Giltedge Ocean Islands, co-hosted a familiarisation trip for 30 high-end North American travel agents to Seychelles, as part of a strategy to boost travel to the islands from the North American market.

Giltedge Ocean Islands forms part of the award-winning Giltedge Group focusing on luxury island holidays to the Indian Ocean.

Organisers of the trip, the first of its kind from North America, partnered with Mahé Island’s Maia Luxury Resort, Constance Ephelia, Hilton Northolme and Silhouette Island’s Hilton Labriz to give the visiting agents a varied taste of what their clients can expect from a luxury Seychelles holiday. Ground handling of the group was by courtesy of Mason’s Travel.

Those agents participating in the trip who came from all over the USA and had never visited Seychelles before, were selected on the basis of an intense vetting process. Their itinerary featured a one-night stay at each resort inclusive of a site inspection of the resort as well as a chance to enjoy the facilities of each hotel such as yoga sessions or spa treatments.

Each night, the group attended a hosted dinner, before which they listened to a presentation by the Seychelles’ Tourism Board’s senior consultant, Glynn Burridge, on the history of the Seychelles islands and an overview of their chief attributes. This was followed by a profile of Giltedge Ocean Islands by Lylie Moolman, general manager of the company.

Giltedge Ocean Islands is a travel business focused on offering clients luxury travel and the opportunity to experience the world’s most pristine island destinations. It is made up of a team of passionate travel experts who pride themselves on their outstanding destination knowledge and high levels of personalised service.

The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis, who was present at the airport for the group’s departure, said: “The Tourism Board, in conjunction with our partners is very pleased to have this wonderful opportunity to welcome this group of travel agents from North America to our shores to show them the wonders of our islands: the world-famous natural beauty, grand diversity and exceptional tourism offerings.”

“I am convinced that, today, with our great airlift to all four corners of the planet, that the discerning North American traveller will find our islands very appealing for the tranquillity, diversity and security they offer,” Mrs Francis added.

The agents themselves were well pleased with their trip, passing such comments as: “The best FAM trip I have ever experienced having been being in travel since 1981”; “really well-organized and beautiful hotels” and “best partner trip we have done.”