Present for this Car Hire’s Association special evening were Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture as well as the representatives of SACOS and H. Savy Insurance.
When he addressed his invited guests and Association Members Vincent Padayachy, the Chairman of the SCHOA gave a report of the association’s work on behalf of its members. He also used the opportunity to thank the Association’s Committee members for their total commitment which he says has helped ensure that the Association is holding meetings with the Ministers of the Country’s Government as well as the island’s key agencies. “Today we say firstly thank you to the couple of Car Hire Operators who formed our Association 40 years ago. Philippe Albert and Keven Parcou are here with us and were part of the couple of operators who joined together 40 years ago to unite the Car Hire Business of Seychelles. Thank you for being here with us” said Mr Padayachy before he detailed out the challenges the Association and its Members were facing in their work for the Seychelles Tourism Industry.
These included the cost for importing car hire vehicles into Seychelles, the ongoing problems of car hire desk at hotel establishments, the practice being undertaken by some hotels to hire a car and then to operate a transfer or taxi service, the practice of offering two cars to hotel managers on a complimentary basis only to ensure you get preferential treatment, the issue of duty free chauffeur driven cars, etc. Mr Padayachy also used his address to thank Minister Alain St.Ange for being present and for always being ready to work with the Car Hire Association.
When he was invited to address the Car Hire Association’s Members Minister Alain St.Ange said the Ministry of Tourism and Culture remains the facilitator for all tourism related services and businesses which is why the Ministry is managed with an open door policy. “We realize and we accept that you have some challenges, but it is important to appreciate that some of these challenges are still results of actions of your own colleagues, operators who are part of your association. You cannot continue to undermine your own businesses. Today as I congratulate you on your 40th Anniversary I want to re-assure you that the ministry of Tourism and Culture will continue to be a facilitator for your industry. We can also say that we shall support you in your claim to have hotels respect your line of business and to give you all equal opportunities to have Car Hire Desks at tourism establishments” said Minister St.Ange.
“The issue of cost for vehicles is important that you continue the deliberations with the Minister responsible for Finance. We know that we cannot out price services that hold our tourism industry together as a car that is not rented because of the charges we are offering does not help increase the yield from our tourism industry” the Minister said.
Minister Alain St.Ange was also offered a gift from the Chairman and Committee of the Association for his continued support for the Car Hire Operators whilst Philippe Albert and Keven Parcou were thanked for their 40 years of involvement in the seychelles Car Hire business.