Seychelles in a Nutshell

Seychelles is known for being the perfect holiday destination due to its unique elegance, colorful Creole culture, and year-round summer. However, the importance of the Islands has been established over time in its dedication to environmental security.

The value of its EEZ, political stability, appealing business conditions, trilingual population, growing infrastructure, and strategic location, rendering Seychelles an attractive investment jurisdiction.

The Seychelles Islands are well-connected to major hubs in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia due to their geographical position.

This is complemented by a convenient GMT + 4-time zone. The Seychelles economy has risen into the high-income community, with a GDP per capita of $17,300, according to the World Bank’s GNI per capita framework (2019).

The Seychelles Government intends to develop the Seychelles International Airport and the Victoria Sea Port as part of its efforts to improve the investment environment. A second Submarine Fiber Optic Cable is being installed as well.

This demonstrates a dedication to ongoing infrastructure growth in order to sustain investments.

Investing Reasons

  • With excellent air connectivity to major hubs in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia, it is situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean.
  • Outside the cyclonic line, the majority of the population lives.
  • GMT+4 is a desirable time zone.
  • Throughout the year, the temperature is between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius.
  • With an increasingly trained and professional population, the literacy rate has risen to 96 percent.
  • An ecosystem that is both politically and economically secure
  • Fisheries, agriculture, real estate, adventure tourism, information technology, and energy are all rising industries.
  • Tax breaks for tourism, agriculture, energy, and fishing investments.
  • The Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 ranks Seychelles first in Africa and 27th worldwide.
  • Africa’s second-highest GDP per capita.
  • Provides a world-class financial center with no limits on foreign exchange.
  • The Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance places it third.
  • On the Human Development Index, it is ranked first in Africa (2019).

Seychelles is a Beautiful Island Nation.

With a population of nearly 95,000 people, Seychelles is classified as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS). The country has made tremendous social and economic progress since its independence in 1976.

With the government committed to people-centered development and improving the quality of life for all Seychelles inhabitants.

The islands’ natural beauty and wealth have been used to promote thriving tourism and fisheries industries, which have not only sustained the economy over time but also given Seychelles its current global exposure. 

This increased visibility has resulted in an influx of local, regional, and foreign investments in the country, not only in tourism and fisheries, but also in other sectors such as construction, real estate, retail.

Information and communication technology, to name a few. As a result, more infrastructure, employment, housing, facilities, and services have been developed in order to provide a more convenient, pleasant, and modern way of life.

Education is compulsory until the age of 16 in Seychelles, and it is free from pre-school to high school until the age of 18. There are 39 public schools, 9 post-secondary schools, four private schools, and one university, the University of Seychelles.

The government makes sure that everybody has access to high-quality education. After completing secondary school, students may pursue further education in teacher education, business, humanities and science, and hotels/tourism. 

An increasing economy with more investment opportunities would necessitate a substantial increase in the country’s skills capability, enabling residents to invest in or work in more lucrative/higher-paying specialized services. To meet the demand, educational institutions and special skills training centers will be needed.

Similarly, Seychelles’ massive Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) makes it suitable for the establishment of universities and research centers focused on environmental and maritime issues.


The tourism industry has been an important part of the Seychelles economy since the opening of the Seychelles International Airport in 1971.

The 115 islands’ natural beauty, as well as their distinctive creole culture, have drawn an increasing number of tourists, as well as regional and foreign companies looking to invest in this market.

The number of visitors to the islands is increasing every year, with 384,201 visitors registered in 2019 looking to stay at the best beach resorts in Mahe, Seychelles.

With the highest tourist arrivals from Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, Europe remains Seychelles’ primary tourism source market. Italy, India, Switzerland, Russia, South Africa, and the United States of America, a developing market, have all seen a spike in visitors to Seychelles.

With 585 operating tourism accommodations and a total of 12,478 beds to date, visitors have a wide variety of accommodation options. These include everything from world-famous hotel chains like Story Seychelles Villas, Hilton, Kempinski, Savoy, Banyan Tree, and Four Seasons to smaller hotels, guesthouses, self-catering establishments, and villas, to name a few.

Furthermore, the inner islands that surround Mahé’s main island provide a protected and calm harbor for yachts and schooners, as well as providing visitor accommodation and the best places for Seychelles honeymoon resorts.

Tourism-related investment opportunities include:

By the end of 2022, 6,000 beds are expected to be available. Investment in tourism accommodations is needed to achieve this target. It is necessary to remember, however, the following:

  • On Seychelles’ major populated islands of Mahé and the inner islands, the government of Seychelles imposed a moratorium on large hotel ventures with more than 25 rooms in 2015.
  • Only Seychellois are permitted to stay in hotels, guest houses, and self-catering establishments with 1 to 15 rooms.
  • Eco-lodges and eco-boutique hotels are increasingly in demand.

As a result, the foreign investment policy in tourism accommodation is as follows:

  • 16 to 24 room hotel, guest house, self-catering establishment, or motel (Foreign equity limited to 80 percent)

Other tourism-related investment opportunities include:

  • Exclusive shopping malls
  • Centers for entertainment
  • Restaurants with a specialty like the Story Seychelles Bar and Restaurant
  • Aquarium
  • Wellness Center
  • Eco Tours
  • Bars and coffee shops
  • Adventure tourism (zip lining, rock climbing, etc.) at marinas

The Seychelles Investment (Economic Activities) Regulations, 2014 contains a comprehensive list of tourism-related activities in which a foreigner and a Seychellois can invest.

Seychelles’ recent tourism success is a good indication of what the country’s tourism sector will look like in the future, with increased tourist arrivals, government revenue, and contribution to output, jobs, and tourism earnings.

Via expected increases in tourism investments and earnings in the coming years, the sector has the potential to generate significant long-term economic, social, cultural, and environmental benefits.

Ecotourism, cultural tourism, and the blue economy are three main focus segments for the Seychelles tourism industry as part of its ongoing effort to encourage sustainable tourism.

Sustainable tourism growth will provide Seychelles as a tourist destination with a distinct and strategic competitive advantage.