“After travelling to Seychelles many times this is my second home! I love the Seychelles and I love coming to Seychelles,” said Tali Dative, Owner and General Manager of Medraft Spirit, after her flight from Israel landed in Seychelles.
The arrival of the Israeli visitors at the Seychelles International Airport, was a colorful and lively affair. The National Cultural Troupe from the Seychelles Ministry for Tourism and Culture was at the arrival lounge, gaily singing and performing traditional Seychellois music and dances at the delight of the visitors.
For some of the passengers of the landing in Seychelles this was their first time experiencing the bouncy and catchy sega, moutya dances – all performed in the colorful attires that have become the small group of islands in the Indian Ocean’s trademark as well as a good indicator of the people inhabiting this paradise’s characters.
In addition to the entertainment, the guests were also each handed a copy of the SeyGo publication, an indispensable free guide providing visitors with a map, vouchers, and the plethora of activities available to them during their stay in Seychelles.
To recall earlier in March, the Medraft Spirit had landed its 25th flight into the country – all of which had been handled by local Destination Management Company, Mason’s Travels. Mason’s Travel is also the local ground-handling agent taking care of most accommodation, transfers, and excursions. Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, has welcomed the arrival of this latex large group of visitors from Israel saying that the diversifying policy of the island was working.
"We must continue to leave no stones unturned as we work to diversify our target markets. We need to continue to touch every niche market looking for a special holiday destination. Seychelles is this special destination, and we must all continue to say so everywhere we go. On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture we congratulate Mason's Travel for their continued efforts on the Israel Market," Minister St.Ange said.
Medraft Spirit is the only tour operator in Israel dealing with Seychelles on a permanent basis, providing two charters a year during their country’s holidays. Although the company also operates tours to Mauritius and Maldives, Seychelles has the highest percentage of visitors.
The relationship between the Medrift and Seychelles began in 2009, when they brought in a business group. Since then the company’s focus has shifted to FIT clients, who are in turn given the chance to sample some of the best tourism establishments in Seychelles such as Fregate, Maia, Denis Island, and Desroches Island.