Hotel promotes hook & line labelled fish

The Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino is officially the first hotel to promote the hook and line labelled fish.

Another tourism establishment has received Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) certificate recently. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles was added on the list of tourism establishments that have been SSTL certified and they are today being promoted to the world as being "an environmentally friendly establishment".

The team from the resort, headed by its general manager Adrian Messerli, received the certificate from the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange earlier this week. Also present was the principal secretary for tourism Anne Lafortune.

The SSTL is a sustainable tourism management and certification programme designed specifically for use in Seychelles. It is voluntary, user-friendly, and designed to inspire more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business. The SSTL is presently applicable to hotels of all sizes.

The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) is for the first time being promoted at the World Travel Market (WTM) with the support of the UNDP GEF. The SSTL is a Sustainable Tourism Management and Certification program designed specifically for use in Seychelles. It is voluntary user-friendly and specifically designed to inspire more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business. The program has been developed in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program under the Global Environment Facility (UNDP GEF) and it falls under the UNDP-GEF funded project which is mainstreaming biodiversity in the tourism sector. It is aligned with the GSTC’s Criteria (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) but has been drawn on local knowledge.

The concept behind the development of the Seychelles Tourism Label (SSTL) originated from the former Ministry of Tourism and Transport which is now the new Ministry for Tourism and Culture in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment in the preparation of the Vision 21 which is the former Tourism Strategic Plan and has now been replaced by the Seychelles Tourism Master Plan 2012-2020 whose main objective is promoting Responsible Tourism. The SSTL program is now being implemented and promoted by the Seychelles Tourism Board.


The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) has awarded its first three certified tourism establishments with their sustainable label certificates on Saturday, 29 September, during the grand annual Seychelles Ball that took place at the Constance Ephelia Resort.


A leading Western Australian tourism expert said other islands can learn valuable lessons in policy and planning for sustainable tourism development from the Republic of Seychelles.

Curtin University Professor of Tourism, Jack Carlsen, has recently returned from the idyllic archipelago he visited, to prepare a case study for a book to be published in collaboration with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

“The Seychelles is probably the best example of sustainable island tourism in the world, particularly from an ecological and social perspective,” Professor Carlsen said, “Government and the community have worked together to conserve more than 50 percent of the terrestrial environment, as well as protecting the marine environment upon which the tourism industry depends.”

Professor Carlsen met with the new Minister of Tourism and Culture in the Seychelles, Mr. Alain St.Ange, to discuss his vision for sustainable tourism in the Seychelles. He also gathered information regarding the recently endorsed Tourism Masterplan for the Seychelles, as well as the Sustainable Tourism Label certification program, aimed at encouraging tourism businesses to adopt ecologically-sensitive and socially-responsible practices.

Travel and tourism is by any measure a massive modern day industry – in the same league as cars, oil, telecommunication, and agriculture. It drives trillions of dollars in GNP, underpins millions of jobs, makes international business function, and is the essence of leisure and happiness. In short, it has to be one of the most significant sectors of the world economy. Yet, all too often its role and potential is underestimated when it comes to global and national socio-economic policy and practice. This book, “Green Growth and Travelism: Letters from Leaders,” that was launched at the Rio+20 Conference explores why the industry is misperceived and how it can take its rightful leadership place in the transformation to the new green economy. “Green Growth and Travelism: Letters from Leaders” is the first hard-hitting publication to look practically into these issues by taking the views of 46 government, industry, and civil society thought leaders on the challenges, opportunities, and solutions. First, the authors explore green growth as the new geopolitical paradigm to respond to the big social, economic, environment, and climate challenges of today and the population-driven resource challenges of tomorrow.

Seychelles is now ready to start taking applications for the 'Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label’ (SSTL). The official opening date is on 1 June, 2012 and hotels may apply by means of a letter or email addressed to the manager Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label, Sinha Levkovic at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Seychelles tourism industry came in force to Praslin island to join with Robert Payet and his family for the opening of his new eco-friendly swimming pool.

The small Seychellois-owned and managed hotel, belonging to the Payet Family, is seen as a real success story and the opening of a swimming pool that is seen as new technology compatible to the green tourism approach was reason enough for industry friends and colleagues to be at Le Duc de Praslin Hotel for the opening ceremony.

The Seychelles Islands has launched the logo for its Sustainable Tourism Label, which is being set up by the Seychelles Tourism Board in collaboration with the GOS-UNDP-GEF Programme Coordination Unit and with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The launch of the logo took place at Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove Hotel, in the presence of ministers, senior government officials, the Chairman and members of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association, members of the GOS-UNDP-GEF Programme Coordination Unit, Seychelles Tourism Board representatives and tourism operators.


Hotel representatives have been introduced to the first set of Seychelles’ sustainable tourism standards.


About SSTL

The SSTL is a sustainable tourism management and certification programme designed specifically for use in Seychelles. It is voluntary, user-friendly, and designed to inspire more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business. 


Contact us

Address: Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine
Botanical House, PO Box 1049
Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles 

Phone: (+248) 4 28 65 00