5-Year Destination Strategy by the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation
Project example provided by: Diana Körner
Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Destination Development Action Plan
To make Seychelles an international best practice example for sustainable tourism through an integrated collaborative approach between public, private sector, academia and NGOs.
2017 - 2022
Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF)
Key Achievements & Milestones
- Organisation of international conference on Sustainable Tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the framework of the UN Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017)
- Development of a self-guided map in four languages (English, Creole, German and French) "Hidden History of Victoria" for locals, tourists and visitors. (2018)
- Implementation of “Don’t Waste, Eat!” food waste reduction programme for hotels and restaurants (2018)
- Organisation a 2-week study tour with 16 participants around Seychelles’ inner islands, in partnership with Linking Tourism & Conservation’ (LT&C) and Seychelles European Reservation (2018)
- Signing a MoU with Travelife, a leading, GSTC accredited certification body for tour operators, with the aim of promoting sustainability awareness and Travelife tour operators and travel agents certification service to operators in Seychelles (2018)
- Organisation of a 4-day workshop for local artisans in Seychelles to learn how to make use of raw materials and special techniques to produce high end resort wear, in partnership with Phemke Collection (2019)
- Conducting a a Carrying Capacity Study on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, and in partnership with the international NGO Sustainable Travel International (STI) (2018-2019)
Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) has collaborated with local and international partners to produce the following studies:
- "Willingness to Pay": In July to August 2019, The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation together with Blue Economy Research Institute conducted a Willingness to Pay (WTP) survey to determine the feasibility of adding an environmental levy to Seychelles’ existing visitor departure fees to invest in the natural resources in Seychelles through conservation, management and research. The study was commissioned by Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust Fund.
- "Make Your Establishment More Sustainable While Saving Money: This research aimed at demonstrating measurable benefits and best practice examples as incentives for accommodations in Seychelles to seek certification from the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL). All 15 SSTL certified establishments at the time were interviewed and asked questions about their water, energy and waste management and the financial benefits of acting more sustainable.