The Year of Sustainable Consciousness
With the growing focus on sustainability, travellers are increasingly becoming more and more conscious of their impact on the environment. Destinations are starting to realise now the importance of protecting their resources and natural habitat over increasing the number of tourists, but the Seychelles is way ahead of everyone else.
The country has agreed to preserve 210,000 sq km of ocean, almost the size of Great Britain, to clear some of its national debt. This agreement is the first of its kind in the world! Actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation donated $1m towards funding the debt swap. Tourism and fishing activities are being restricted to prevent damage to aquatic life.
The island nation has come in leaps and bounds tackling plastic pollution. An important ban, imposing restrictions on the importation, manufacturing, distribution, and the sale of plastic bags as well as on plastic utensils and polystyrene boxes, came into effect on 1 July 2017. In two months, a further milestone will be reached: the Seychelles newest ban on the importation of single-use plastic straws will come into effect.
2019: The Year of Travel Made Easy
Whilst we like the idea of living on the edge and seeking out the adrenaline-inducing travel experiences, most people just want to get from A to B hassle-free. Despite its distance and geographic layout, Seychelles offers just this.
British Airways launched new direct flights from London this year and other airlines also increased the frequency of their services. And you don’t need to worry once you get there as travelling between islands has also become a lot easier too.
Seychelles is a visa-free country and you don’t need to get vaccinations either. Getting around is stress-free as locals speak English, one of their official languages, and will be very happy to help. And best of all, you can visit the ‘land of perpetual summer’ all year round due to its ideal climate.
Visit seychelles.travel for more information.