Seychelles: New ‘Workation’ Programme Hopes to Lure Working Professionals for Long Stay in Seychelles

Stuck at home doing dreary winter work and wish you were at a beautiful vacation hotspot? A “workation” in Seychelles might be your answer.

Tourism establishments in Seychelles hoping to attract more tourists on working vacation can apply to a programme set out by the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) that is enticing visitors to use the island nation as a home office while on holiday, said a top official.

The Principal Secretary of Tourism, Anne Lafortune, told a press conference on Friday that to enter the workation programme these establishments can apply under three categories — basic, premium, and luxury accommodation.

Lafortune said that the tourism establishments would have to meet two main criteria: sufficient working space and quality internet. Only licensed health-certified tourism establishments will be brought on board the programme.

“Normally these types of travellers on working holidays come for a 10-day stay in Seychelles, but instead of only this, we are allowing their stay up to one month,” said Lafortune.

The programme has been set up in partnership with the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce (SCCI) and local partners including the Department of Tourism, the Seychelles Investment Board (SIB) and the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA).

The chairperson of SCCI, Oliver Bastienne, said the concept of the project has been finalized with the implementation phase remaining before it being launched internationally.

“This means that we are now looking at the preparation of our product and website. We want all partners in the tourism-related field to get involved,” said Bastienne.