Seychelles’ Minister of Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, met with the Governor of U.S. Island of Guam, Eddie Baza Calvo, during the course of a visit to the 2016 PATA Summit hosted at the Dusit Thani resort, which the Governor officially opened and at which the Seychelles minister was invited to make the keynote address.
Founded in 1951, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Organisation) is a non-profit association internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of tourism, to from and within the Asia Pacific region. The organisation has led from the front since 1951 as the leading voice and authority on travel and tourism in the area whose current strategic direction is to help build the business of its members, provide valuable insights, forecasts and analysis to help members make better business decisions as well as take a lead on travel issues that need to be addressed.
Hosted by the Guam Visitors Bureau, the 2016 annual summit is a 4-day programme consisting of the association’s executive and advisory board meetings, annual general meeting and PATA Youth Symposium as well as a one-day conference that addresses major issues relevant to the travel and tourism industry.
During the course of their discussions, the minister and governor discussed future cooperation, including Guam and the governor’s attendance at the 2017 Carnaval International de Victoria which remains one of Seychelles’ most important annual happenings. This will assist in Guam accessing new tourism markets in Europe thanks to the European press present at carnival time. Guam is today receiving 1.4 million tourist annually primarily for Asia with its larger numbers coming from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan the US mainland, China and Russia.
Minister St.Ange then presented Governor Calvo with a copy of a book the minister has published on the State House of Seychelles, a historic building dating back to the 1800s.