The award ceremony, followed by a lunch at the Savoy Resort and Spa, was held last Friday and was attended by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange, tourism principal secretary Anne Lafortune, the chief executive of STB Sherin Naiken, board members and all staff of the STB.
Set up in 2005 with the aim of marketing and selling our destination worldwide, the STB celebrates a milestone this year.
To mark this occasion, the individuals who have witnessed and contributed towards the progress and success of the tourism board from the onset were rewarded with certificates along with trophies.
Minister St Ange congratulated the STB on its achievement and success: “With the world changing so fast, you need to take the advice of the private sector as we need them. Now we should see where do we go from here and how we can keep promoting Seychelles.”
Ms Naiken also congratulated and commended her staff for their hard work, resilience and passion for the tourism industry.
“There have been a lot of challenges and even when the sea was rough, you did not abandon ship. Every year you are contributing to the success of our industry and you should take pride in it. STB has evolved a lot since its existence and last year we saw some structural changes where a big cohort had to leave us. Still out of 55 staff, 21 of you are here since the beginning and this is a big achievement,” noted with satisfaction Ms Naiken.
While addressing the audience, board chairman Freddy Karkaria said that “tourism has been the pillar of our economy and we have to strive to make it grow”.
“It is important for all of us to understand our role. Tourism is everybody’s business and remember you are not alone in your job,” Mr Karkaria said.
One of the recipients of the award, Selma Magnan, has worked in the tourism industry for the last 25 years. Today she is the manager of trade and physical services within the STB.
“I am so proud today and four of my staff have also been rewarded today. I like my work and it is like fun for me. You should love your country and job to be able to be in the tourism industry. For the 25 years, I have been continuously learning and trying to give the best in my work,” she told Seychelles NATION.