Seychelles will be celebrating Tourism Week from September 23-27, which will again this year, as has been the case in previous years, see several activities planned.
Seychelles will commemorate Tourism Week under the same theme as World Tourism Day: ‘1 Billion tourists, 1 billion opportunities’ which will be celebrated on September 27.
During a press conference at the Espace building last week, the chief executive of STB Sherin Naiken, her deputy Nathalie Didon and Glenn Pillay of GAP Events, revealed the activities which will take place during these five days.
Tourism Week will kick off on Wednesday September 23 with a mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral at noon whereby the public is invited to attend.
On September 25, a treasure hunt which is geared towards tourism professionals, tour operators, and agencies, will take place in town.
On September 26 the main highlight of the event will be held at the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) where a plaque laying ceremony will take place to honour the pioneers who have helped build the Seychelles tourism industry.
This will be followed by a tree planting activity.
The Grand Tourism Ball will be held the same day at the Savoy Resort & Spa from 6:30pm and the tickets cost R1,350 per head including welcoming drink, gala dinner, complementary wine and champagne.
The week will end with the ‘Meet and Greet’ for arriving passengers at the international airport with some entertainment.
Ms Naiken said to make it more special this year the youths will be joining as well.
Various tourism establishments such as hotels, restaurants, boat operators will be taking part with a range of activities and promotions to encourage members of the public to also join in.
These activities are being organised by STB in collaboration with STA.
Further information will be communicated through the media in due course.
In relation to the 12 pioneers being honoured and the theme of this year’s Tourism Week Ms Naiken said: “Through honouring those who have contributed towards the tourism industry is our way of celebrating this theme because the opportunities which this industry bring to our country is really important.
“The tourism industry brings a lot of opportunities to Seychelles; it is our main economic sector. We’ll use this week to highlight the importance of the pioneers who have helped build and make this industry what it has become today.”
She also encouraged the Seychellois to acknowledge the pioneers and also rejoice in this week as the hotels and other establishments will be offering reduced prices for their services.
Mr Pillay spoke about the “spectacular evening” that the Tourism Ball will entail whereby a special highlight this year will be ‘kanmtole’ and ‘kontredans’ performances from a group of children as well as other entertainment from well known artists.
Ms Didon took the opportunity to thank the individuals, sponsors, hotels and other businesses that have contributed to making this event a success.
Source : Seychelles NATION