COVID-19 has hit the travel industry hard, especially destinations that rely on tourism. One of these is the Seychelles, the idyllic island country in the Indian Ocean. According to data from The World Bank, nearly 25% of GDP in the Seychelles is from tourism. This means thousands of jobs and livelihoods tied up with hotels, excursions, restaurants and travel activities. So, as we start to look ahead past the current coronavirus crisis, which has brought with it no end of travel restrictions, let’s make sure we choose our 2021 holiday destinations carefully. Visiting countries that rely on tourism and making sure to follow responsible tourism practices is a brilliant way to support communities and the local economy. All while enjoying an unforgettable trip yourself, of course.

Why the Seychelles?

It’s not hard to convince anyone to visit the Seychelles. It’s out-of-this-world beautiful, with the bluest, clearest waters you’ve ever seen. There are 115 islands to choose from, each with a laid-back atmosphere, stunning beaches and plenty of amazing wildlife too.

But while you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from sandy shores and warm waters perfect for swimming, the Seychelles isn’t all about its beaches. You can also try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling, exploring colourful coral reefs and even historic shipwrecks. Spot sea turtles, whale sharks and countless species of birds, and explore coconut plantations, tiny museums and lush, green hills.

And of course, the Seychelles is also known for its luxurious side. You can unwind in style in the glamorous hotels and spas on the islands, sipping cocktails and sampling fresh, delicious and Seychelles and Creole specialities

Responsible tourism in the Seychelles

Everything we do here at Blank Canvas is in line with the Cape Town Declaration on Responsible Tourism. This means that we’re committed to tourism that maximises the benefits to local communities, while minimising social, environmental and economic impacts.

Together, we can ensure that your trip to the Seychelles is not only amazing for you – but that it also helps the island nation get back on its feet after coronavirus.

We work closely with tourism partners in the Seychelles, using our knowledge and local connections to plan unforgettable experiences. You’ll get to see the real side of the Seychelles, meeting the people and understanding more about the history and culture of these precious islands.

It’s undoubtedly a good feeling to know that while enjoying your trip, you’re also helping the local people and economy at the same time. Social responsibility? Check.

And even better, the Seychelles is fast becoming known as a pioneer in eco-tourism.  There are lots of initiatives taking place to preserve the delicate ecological balance of the islands, and to minimise the environmental effects of luxury tourism. For example, hotels are being educated on the importance of preserving water, and the islands are reducing their dependence on electricity

So, if you’re planning your next adventure, choose the Seychelles. Call 0207 112 8586 to start planning your trip with Blank CanvasWe’ll give you your own personal travel expert, who’ll put together a bespoke itinerary just for you. Whether you want to do in this tropical island paradise, we’ll make it happen – even if that’s nothing at all.