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la Digue

the case study of one of the Seychelles islands called la Digue.

Ekaterina Mestres

on 11 May 2010

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Transcript of la Digue

Tourism geography
Case study: la Digue Patterns of tourism development

physical constrains:-already available land, because 1/3 used at the moment
- accessable by helicopter or by ferry
- tropical climate
- developed tourism destination
-> first discovered by the French in 1742,
taken over by the English in 1810, both
establishing homes there in order to
exploite the natural resources
nature of tourism attractions:- unique folra & fauna
-wonderful beaches
planning & investment conditions:- high level of political control and high planning level, less foreign investments and mostly owned by the Seychells' inhabitants
level of integration:- relative high level
tourism market:- rural & eco tourism
- incipient mass-> steady flows
- holiday tourism, no business travel
- relative high adaptance level to the locals

-> resort Accommodation on la Digue

only 19 accomodations are available
all located in the north west
greatest hotel: Patatran Village with
8 Bungalows, 9 Superior rooms, 1 Family room
and 1 captain room; 1 restaurant
most accomodations are guesthouses in old
colonial villas of the French and English colonisators

Importance of tourism planning

avoidance of resource destruction
easier adaptation to sustainable tourism
protecting biodiversity, cultural life
soft development of the area
encourage further improvements and monitoring the development Conclusion

the Seychelles were a pioneer in the development of sustainable tourism
governmment's hard & soft factors as well as tourists behaviour have saved the environment and biodiversity of La Digue
the partipation of the government is an essential part of the tourism planning & development ???Questions???

Do you agree that the government of the Seychelles have taken enough efforts
in order to save the ecosystem and the cultural diversity of La Digue?

Is the limitation of visitor numbers an appropriate tool for tourism planning? Why or why not?

Do you have other ideas for the further development of sustainable tourism on La Digue?

Do you think the tourist him-/herself plays a minor or mayor role in the process
of tourism planning & development and why?
La Digue, General description

one of the 115 Seychelle islands
the western Indian Ocean, north-east from Madagascar
the fourth largest inhabited island with 2.6% of the population (around 3'200 inhabitants)
mostly creoles,having their roots in French and African people
area of 15 km²
tropical marine climate, the annual temperature is 26.6° (+/- 3.6°) and the humidity varies from 75%-80% throughout the year.
named after a ship in the fleet of French explorer (1768)
in former times, copra and vanilla production
the rocks of are estimated to be about 650 million years
high biodiversity. There are over 70 endemic plant species and about 80 endemic animal species.


an indispensable economy factor (80% with suppliers)

based on the unique marine and terrestrial ecosystem

The La Digue Island Lodge has been built in 1970

rise of civil aviation in the 1970s and emerged in the 1980s as the most important economic sector

annual growth of 15 %

employs 18% of the total workforce and provides more than 70% of hard currency earnings

The number of visitors passed from about 3’000 in the late 1960s 125’000-130’000 since the middle of the 1990s. The year 1996 marks a peak with 130’955 arrivals. Afterwards, the visitor arrivals declined to 124’865 in 1999 and reached a second peak in 2007 with 132’246 arrivals.

Sustainable tourism

Defined by the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), as a development that “meets the needs of present tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunity for the future.

It is envisaged as leading to
management of all resources in such a way that economic, social, and aesthetic needs
can be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, and biological diversity, and life support systems”

Based on the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development,and has become central in the debate on environmentally integrated tourism development.

Government measures

Since 1980, limits of the number of beds is up to 100’000. For La Digue - 150 beds.

in 2000, The Ministry of Tourism and Transport developed a vision for the period 2001-2010.

The target idea: to develop tourism to the highest standards, while benefiting the Seychellois and protecting the environment

The outcome: the expansion of the bed capacities in the Seychelles to increase tourist arrivals from 125’000-130’000 to 170’000-260’000 in 2010

Result: to diversify markets, to upgrade hotels and guesthouses with the goal to convert the Seychelles to a three to five star destination

Small island development program:
High importance because of geographical isolation, small physical size, ecological uniqueness, limited natural resources, tiny economy.
Aim: to preserve cultural and natural heritage

Economy sectors

Primary sector:
Agriculture and fishing (tuna): 6.6% of the workforce.

Secondary sector:
Manufacturing and Construction: 19.7% of the workforce. Coconuts and vanilla, coconut fiber, boat building, printing, furniture, mining, and energy.

Tertiary sector:
Services: 73.7% of the workforces. Trade and transport, tourism, government and finance & services.

The tourism sector employs 18% of the workforce

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