One of the world’s famous tourist attraction in Africa, Seychelles, is taking the bold step of banning all cruise ship tourism through the end of 2021 as a measure to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the country. CNN reports.
The East Africa island nation’s largest newspaper, Seychelles reports that Didier Dogley, the country’s Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, made the decision.
This development is however, not a surprise as the island country is a popular destination for celebrities, who have enjoyed it’s private villas and bright-blue waters over the years.
Prince William and Kate Middleton honeymooned there after their wedding in 2011, as did George and Amal Clooney in 2014.
In 2013, the Seychelles joined with several other Indian Ocean islands, including Mauritius, Réunion and Madagascar, to form the Vanilla Islands Tourism Organization to encourage travel in the region and combine their marketing and publicity efforts.
However, it’s uncertain if Seychelles will continue to allow travelers to come into the country by air and as a major tourist nation, losing cruise ships likely means the economy will take a huge hit.
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