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Air Seychelles touches down for first time in Durban
The Indian Ocean island of Seychelles has the potential to become a strategic springboard for KwaZulu-Natal, particularly for Durban as a premier east-coast commercial and logistics hub of three million people, when Air Seychelles touches down for the first time later next month, writes Marlan Padayachy, a South Africa journalist, writes.
He continues: Seychelles’ foray into this geo-political region earmarked for massive economic overhaul and growth is likely to push back the frontiers of tourism, travel, trade and socio-cultural between these unique multicultural tourism hotspots.
Stakeholders behind the wheel of driving closer socio-economic cooperation with the independent island nation strategically situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean Rim are optimistic about this inter-regional development.
Beyond the direct route, between Mahe and Durban, ushering a string of tourism, cultural and sports events, politically-connected Seychellois Hindus, are keen to foster socio-religious and cultural links with Indian citizens here. These Indian Ocean Rim neighbors could become a microcosm for multicultural social cohesion and cooperation, hence the significance the arrival of the Airbus A320 jetliner bringing passengers on the inaugural flight to King Shaka International Airport on March 30.