This year’s Tourism Week, celebrated under the theme ‘One billion tourists: One billion opportunities’, got off to a glamourous start on Saturday evening when the tourism industry hosted its annual tourism ball.
The event, which took place at the Savoy Resort and Spa, was attended by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St Ange, principal secretary (PS) for tourism Anne Lafortune, PS for culture Benjamine Rose, chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board Sherin Naiken, Miss Seychelles … Another World 2015 Linne Freminot and other invitees.
The Ball, which is one of the highlights on the Seychelles tourism industry’s calendar of events, is aimed at bringing all the tourism trade partners together under one roof in a social and relaxed atmosphere where they can interact and strengthen working relationships with their public sector partners as well as establishing new contacts.
In her welcoming address Ms Naiken said “the tourism weeks gives us an excellent opportunity to take stock of where we are and what we have achieved during the past year”.
Addressing everyone present Minister St Ange said: “We can always do better in terms of the yield that our country can generate from its tourism industry but for the yield to keep on increasing we need this cooperation between private and public sector to be maintained.”
He noted that 10 years ago we had 130,000 visitors arriving in Seychelles and now in 2015 it has more than doubled, reaching 270,000.
It doubled because in “Seychelles for the first time we have a public private sector partnership that works and we should not take this figure for granted as many other destinations are suffering and sliding back in their arrival figures”.
He also pointed out that the tourism industry is not alone as the government of Seychelles stands behind it and those that have invested their money to be in this industry.
“We can achieve anything we want, Seychelles can do what it wants but for us to achieve this we need to be committed, the members of the private sector and the government of Seychelles,” he said.
He also noted that two charters arrived in Seychelles on Friday and Saturday with over 400 Israelis and they were welcomed by himself, his PS and Ms Naiken.
Between now and December there will be six more charters coming.
“We want to see Seychelles tourism bloom and to do that we will work with Air Seychelles,” he added.
During the event there was the cutting of a commemorative cake and all paying guests also took part in a raffle draw with their tickets.
This was followed by the presentation of certificates to Minister St Ange and Ms Naiken by the chief executive of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marco Francis for their passion, loyalty, commitment and support towards the tourism industry.
Miss Seychelles … Another World 2015 also unveiled the poster advertising the next Miss Seychelles … Another World pageant in 2016.
Source : Seychelles NATION