Qatar Airways and Tourism Seychelles Launch Strategic Marketing Partnership to Support Tourism Recovery


Qatar Airways has joined forces with the Tourism Seychelles in a concerted effort to bring together the perfect combination of a dream holiday destination and world-class global airline for travellers who once again want to experience an idyllic summer getaway in the Indian Ocean.


The strategic marketing partnership will spearhead recovery of tourism in the Seychelles with the two organisations collaborating to attract more visitors to the islands from across the world, taking full advantage of Qatar Airways’ extensive global network.


In anticipation of the increased demand for travel to the Seychelles, Qatar Airways has increased its flights to the island destination from three weekly to daily. Passengers travelling to the Seychelles can enjoy the airline’s renowned 5-star service on board its sustainable and modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner that will offer 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.


Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker said: “Home to 115 islands, countless secluded beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, the Seychelles is the perfect getaway for those planning their first holiday since the onset of the pandemic. We know how important international visitors are to the local economy and we look forward to working closely with Tourism Seychelles to support their recovery of their tourism sector.”


The Seychelles Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Mr. Sylvestre Radegonde stated: “As one of the first international airlines to return to Seychelles skies earlier this year, we are delighted that Qatar Airways is increasing its frequency to fly daily, proof of the confidence the management of Qatar Airways shares of Seychelles as a safe destination. Our islands are a refuge, and with our tourism operators versed in operating safely, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from across the world through Doha.”


Speaking about the increase in frequency of flights from Qatar Airways, Principal Secretary for Tourism Mrs. Sherin Francis said: “We are happy to see the increase in flights from Qatar Airways. We are anticipating a rise in demand for our destination in the third quarter of 2021 and it is reassuring for us to note that flight availability is not going to be an issue for travellers. The strategic partnership that we have recently established with Qatar Airways is one that we hope will grow from strength to strength.  Air connectivity remains key in the recovery of the destination.”


As travellers return to the skies with Qatar Airways, they can take comfort knowing that they are travelling with the only airline in the world that has, together with its state-of-the-art global hub Hamad International Airport, achieved four 5-Star Skytrax ratings – including the prestigious 5-Star Airline Rating, 5-Star Airport Rating, 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating and 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These achievements highlight Qatar Airways’ commitment to providing our passengers with an industry-leading experience at every point of their journey, including the highest possible level of health and safety standards that safeguard the wellbeing of our passengers both on the ground and in the air.


Passengers can book flights with peace of mind, knowing that Qatar Airways offers unlimited date changes and fee-free refunds for all tickets issued before 31 August 2021, for travel completed by 31 May 2022. The carrier’s industry-leading flexible booking policy also provides the permanent feature of exchanging tickets for a travel voucher with 10% additional value for all customers booking travel via qatarairways.com. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways.com/Flexibility.


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About Qatar Airways: 


A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.


Hamad International Airport (HIA), the airline’s home and hub, was recently ranked “Third Best Airport in the World”, among 550 airports worldwide, by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020. Rising from fourth position in 2019 to third in 2020, HIA has been steadily rising in the ‘World’s Best Airports’ rankings since the start of its operations in 2014. In addition, HIA was voted the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the sixth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the fifth year in a row.


Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry.


Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 160 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.


Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, B777, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.


Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message – Going Places Together.


Qatar Airways Cargo, one of the world’s leading international air cargo carriers, serves more than 60 freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight in the belly-hold deck of passenger aircraft to an extensive network. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, 24 Boeing 777 freighters and six B777-300ER mini freighters.


Qatar Executive is the private jet charter division of Qatar Airways Group. Luxury jet services are available for worldwide charter on board the operator’s wholly-owned business jet fleet. Qatar Executive is the launch customer for Gulfstream’s G700, the world’s first commercial service operator of the Gulfstream G500 and largest commercial operator of the G650ER worldwide. Qatar Executive’s service portfolio also includes aircraft management, maintenance and Fixed Based Operator services.

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