France has in January 2015 reclaimed the lead as the Seychelles’ top country of origin for visitors. With some 3.387 visitors they outperformed Germany which, leading all the way in 2014, came in a distant second with 2.861 visitors. The top five ‘producer countries’ also include Russia with 1.861 visitors, inspite of the country’s growing economic problems, followed by Italy with 1.489 and surprisingly South Africa with 1.115.
China notably moved on to place 6 in the statistics with 1.105 visitors in January this year already.
France’s recovery is in part attributed to the easing of transit regulations in Abu Dhabi where passengers flying with Air Seychelles to Paris, and vice versa, can now remain on board the aircraft compared to previous practice which involved deboarding, security check and re-boarding, generally perceived as unnecessary hassle and inconvenience and therefore depressing passenger numbers. With this issue now resolved have visitor numbers from France began to rise again.