Seychelles (i/seɪˈʃɛlz/say-SHELZ; French: [sɛʃɛl]), officially the Republic of Seychelles (French:République des Seychelles; Creole: Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south.
The Seychelles were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Some scholars assume that Austronesian seafarers and later Maldivian and Arab traders were the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles. The earliest recorded sighting by Europeans took place in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). The earliest recorded landing was in January 1609, by the crew of the "Ascension" under Captain Sharpeigh during the fourth voyage of the British East India Company.
Pertinent matters affecting the Seychelles tourism industry were discussed during the tête-à-tête ... Seychelles is seeking more formal ... Seychelles had served on the UNWTO executive council for two years ... Seychelles became a member of UNWTO in 1991. Press release from Tourism Seychelles.
Seychelles has been dropped off the list of countries not allowed to enter Australia because of concerns over Omicron, a variant of Covid-19 which has not been detected in the Indian Ocean archipelago ... Those who have been in Seychelles for less than five (5) days must wait for Day 5 to go for the PCR test ... Press release from Tourism Seychelles.
The Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS) yesterday welcomed a group of students pursuing their A levels at the Independent School as part of an awareness session to broaden their knowledge about the institution and its mandate ... Coincidentally, the event comes as CBS is celebrating 43 years of central banking in Seychelles ... Press release from the CBS.
Sights and sounds of Seychelles have hit the French market with full force through a multi-channel campaign orchestrated by Tourism Seychelles ... Since the arrival of Air France on October 24, France has led weekly visitor arrivals to Seychelles for the last four weeks ... Press release from Tourism Seychelles ....
Air Seychelles has announced that the airline will be adjusting its Johannesburg, Maldives and Tel Aviv flights schedule, following new travel bans imposed by these countries in an effort to prevent the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant ...Press release from Air Seychelles ....
Réunion’s travel industry professionals have been getting up to speed on Seychelles ahead of Air Austral’s imminent return to the islands ... The training sessions are part of marketing activities organised by Tourism Seychelles in Réunion ... Press release from Tourism Seychelles ....
With them, Mr André discussed the possibility of broadening and deepening cooperation between the two international organisations and Seychelles...Unesco agreed to assist Seychelles in organising a big cultural event next year ... Press release from the Seychelles National Institute for Culture, Heritage & the Arts.
The European Union has reaffirmed its willingness to continue supporting Seychelles in achieving its development priorities ... various actions, especially related to artisanal fisheries as well as Monitoring Control and Surveillance of the Seychelles waters ... Joint EU-Seychelles press release.
It was in a press meeting yesterday afternoon at the Maison du Peuple that Dr Herminie reaffirmed the party’s support for the investigations being carried out by the ACCS, an independent body created under the former administration led by the UnitedSeychelles... Meanwhile, what is the United Seychelles’ reaction to the rumours of a coup d’Etat?.