Saturday, 13 December 2014
The Tourism Shambles
Seychelles has priced itself out of the global tourism market mainly due to excessive government taxes levied on persons and businesses. Taxes used for shoring up the Social Security and the extravagant pension schemes. Millions of rupees wasted on official government travel, liked going to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix, stupid stuff that has turned Seychelles into one of the most expensive places to spend your vacation.
But that is not all.Air Seychelles was run into the ground then sold to the Arabs after years of bankruptcy and carrying not much more than the Air Seychelles logo painted on its tail. The Arabs now run it like a real airline by hopping from node to node and trying to fill their planes with a rapid dwindling population of tourists and cargo headed for Seychelles.
Outward appearances not withstanding including those tall and glitzy empty buildings, the UAE is still a lopsided one primary raw material economy. It's survival depends on the vagaries on the global oil prices mechanism. But they are not alone. Seychelles is heavily dependent on tourism, an industry of sorts, but one that is subjected to fluctuations in the vacation habits of workers from Europe and North America.
In that sense both the UAE and Seychelles are third world economies, surfing the business cycle. One day it's champagne and caviar and the next its tap water and mouldy bread. The Seychelles tourism business is like selling jogging shoes to quadruple amputees. It is dead in the water.
These idiots sent their own bird to the Dodo extinction department. It was their only chance to even dream of resuscitation their long dead tourist economy. They might want to try drug tourism like those Amsterdam pot cafes where junkies from all over the world gather to shoot up and chase the dragon. The first camel rides will be flattened to the ground. They will have to scrape it off the pavement like an elephant trying to fuck a mouse.
Keep waiting for the empty flights!
Seychelles Reality Today