Wednesday, August 4, 2010
100,000th visitor arrives for romantic wedding in Seychelles
Africa – A bride-to-be – Katy Uijleman from Holland – disembarked from Qatar Airways yesterday morning as the 100,000th visitor to Seychelles this year.
The lucky visitor is traveling with her Chinese fiancé, Xizhi Tang, and they are here for their wedding ceremony tomorrow.
The couple, both cabin crew members on Emirates Airlines, arrived here on the 0645 flight from Doha, and were welcomed by staff of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) as Ms. Uijleman stepped down from the plane.
She was presented with a flower garland and a bag of giveaways by the STB chief executive Alain St.Ange and PR coordinator Line Mancienne.
The clearly surprised Ms. Uijleman said she couldn’t believe her luck but was happy with the welcome.
Both she and her fiancé have been to Seychelles before and chose it for their wedding day, above Mauritius and Maldives.
“We wanted a romantic location for our special day, and we had three choices – Seychelles, Mauritius, or the Maldives. We went on the Internet to find more information and finally picked Seychelles. We are glad we did,” they said.
The couple are staying at Le Meridien Barbarons and will leave on Sunday as newlyweds.
Seychelles has reached the 100,000th visitor mark three weeks ahead of last year, when it happened in the week ending August 30.
Mr. St.Ange said the tourism board is happy with the visitor arrivals performance so far, and all indications are that 2010 would be a good year.
“We are very well on track for this year, and if we continue like this, it will be one of our best years,” he said.
The tourism board works in collaboration with the National Statistics Bureau to monitor visitor arrivals.
PHOTO: Katy Uijleman & Xizhi Tang / Photo from Seychelles Tourism Board