The two recent horrific shark attacks has not had an effect on tourism in Seychelles. On the contrary August, when the two attacks occurred, saw a 32% in increase in tourism numbers over the same period last year. Eighteen thousand tourists visited Seychelles in August. This month shows almost a 40% increase in the average numbers of visitors to Seychelles in August over the last 5 years. Despite scary stories in British tabloids Europe remains Seychelles’ leading tourism market.