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Seychelles to introduce cap on tourist numbers


Deeper sustainable tourism needed in this and other destinations
The Seychelles is planning a cap on annual visitor numbers to maintain the destination’s sustainability, the idyllic islands’ tourism minister revealed at the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Global Summit this week.
Alain St Ange, Seychelles’ minister of tourism and culture, said work was already underway to come up with a final number. It was being introduced, he said, as a way of safeguarding the future of the island, which has seen growing numbers of tourists visit the island.
“We don’t want to demean the value of the Seychelles. We’re reaching 250,000 people, six times the number of people who live there,” he explained. “We need to be very careful, so a cap will be introduced.”
A ban has already been placed on the building of large hotel developments with just small locally run properties now granted permission to start operations.
The industry needs to take the issue of sustainable travel more seriously, as it is only going to become more of an issue, said Darrell Wade, chief executive of Peak Adventure Travel.
“I feel very guilty as it is part of the industry I’m in and we’re not taking it anywhere seriously enough,” he said. “We can talk about it and we should but as a collective industry I think we have to face up to it.”
With 1.8 billion people predicted to be travelling by 2030, the issue is only going to get more pressing and more like to come to the attention of the green industry. Wade warned that companies will need to get their shares accepted by green indices or face investors moving away from companies that are no longer considered ethical.
It was revealed at the WTTC event that next year’s World Travel & Tourism Council’s Global Summit would be held in Dallas.
TTG Digital
[photo courtesy Seychelles Tourism]


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