Emirates Airline has announced renewed support for Mauritius and Seychelles by extending its global marketing agreement with the tourism boards of the two countries.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at the Arabian Travel Market by Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior VP, Commercial Operations for Africa, Sherin Francis, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) and Devi Seewooruthun, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, in the presence of Mauritius’s Minister of Tourism, Anil Gayan.

“We will look to develop a series of joint activities together with the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, to highlight the destinations and their appeal throughout our network,” said Abbas. “Our success on these routes is the result of relentless efforts by Emirates, the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and we truly believe that this partnership is beneficial to all parties.”

“The signing of this fresh MOU is a strong signal to strengthening the partnership even more in the years to come,” said Gayan.

Francis added: “STB recognises the pivotal role Emirates Airline has played in developing the Seychelles tourism industry over the past decade.”

In June 2015, Emirates increased its capacity to Seychelles, when it switched from the Airbus 330-200 used on one of the two daily services to a larger Boeing 777-300ER.

Emirates started operations to Mauritius in September 2002 with three weekly flights. Its daily A380 service was launched in December 2013. The airline introduced a double-daily service in October 2014.