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Seychelles Can’t Rely on Tourism Only

Victoria said it is looking to diversify its economy beyond its mainstay of tourism into areas such as fisheries after visitor numbers were battered by restrictions to arrest the spread of COVID-19. The Indian Ocean archipelago saw revenue from tourism plunge by 61%, a loss of $322 million last year, as tourist arrivals dropped by 70%. Authorities closed off the island nation early in the coronavirus pandemic to stem its spread. The move starved resorts, cruise ship ports and nature reserves of visitors. Seychelles has been called one of the highest vaccinated nations in the world, employing the Sinopharm, Sputnik and Covishield shots. Other sectors of the economy which rely on tourism to thrive were at a standstill.