Magazine on Seychelles to help tourists take full advantage of islands
“Absolute Seychelles," is a travel guide showcasing the beauty and must-see attractions of Seychelles. (Louis Toussaint, Seychelles News Agency)
(Seychelles News Agency) - Surrender to pure island splendour in the Indian Ocean’s Seychelles says a page in a newly launched magazine showcasing the best the island nation has to offer.
Entitled “Absolute Seychelles," the magazine is a travel guide showcasing the beauty and must-see attractions of Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean published by Absolute Magazine -- a UK based company.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, one of the owners of Absolute Magazine, Simon Darcy Abbott, said that the idea to work on the book came about two years ago when he met with the Seychelles’ former tourism minister Alain St Ange at an event.
“The minister was talking about some of the issues that when visitors come to the island nation they tend not to get out of the hotel. Thereon, he asked me if I could come up with some sort of a magazine that will provide an insight of the islands, which will, in turn, compel holidaymakers to get out and feel what the island has to offer,” said Abbott.
Abbott said it was not easy to fill up the 150 leaves of the magazine.
“It took us sometime to get the job done as we had to fly three times to Seychelles to talk to businesses and hopping around the islands involved several trips.”
The ‘Absolute Seychelles’ magazine which will be published once a year and distributed in the UK and the island nation is available in tourism establishments. There will also be an online version that will be an added promotional tool for the destination.
The chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB), Sherin Francis, said that any magazine that is distributed abroad featuring the name Seychelles is always an added benefit.
“For us, Absolute Seychelles is another medium on the market that will advise and provide information to the seasoned and first-time traveller about the destination,” she added.
Publishers of the magazine had the support of STB for the edition on Seychelles.
“We have worked with the author on their Absolute UK edition, and when we saw that they wanted to work on Absolute Seychelles, we thought that would be a great idea support to support them,” said Francis.
Also present at the launching, the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Port and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, said the book defines luxury, “whereby it is subjective, personal and ever changing.”
The Absolute Seychelles magazine will allow people to discover the best of what Seychelles has to offer from high-end hotels to secluded boutiques, the best beaches and dive spots, as well as bars and restaurants.