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Chinese students of Hebei Tourism Vocational College in Seychelles with Island’s Tourism Academy

March 21, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelSeychelles Five star Hotels has absorbed a group of Chinese students for their attachment period following a request from the Seychelles Tourism Academy.

This attachment period in the island’s tourism establishment is been seen as having great potential for the Seychelles accommodation establishments who have all been enjoying increased visitor arrivals from China. 

Press conference with the Chinese studentsA strong group of 23 Chinese students from Hebei Tourism Vocational College in Chengde, north of China are in Seychelles for a six month work attachment in five star hotels through the Seychelles Tourism Academy. Their presence in Constance Ephelia Resort, Four Seasons, BeachComber Sainte Anne and Raffles Praslin Resort has triggered so much interest among trade partners, that the Seychelles Tourism Academy announced the availability of  an additional 32 internship placements for students of Hebei Tourism Vocational College. Flavien Joubert, the Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy said the partnership signed between Seychelles Tourism Academy and Hebei will be long lasting. 

“Trade partners want to see more Chinese students in their hotels. I am pleased to announce that Constance Resorts in Maldives and Mauritius are more than willing to share the Memorandum of Understanding we’ve signed with the tourism institution of China.’’.

The Seychelles Tourism Academy added that the private sector trade partners are to be commended because they’ve recognised the positive implications of the MOU.

Without trade partners, the students attachment would not have been the success it is. It is important to appreciate their implication in this project’’ said Mr Joubert, the Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy. 

The 23 students on work attachment in Seychelles were welcomed by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture and by the Chinese Ambassador in Seychelles, in a Press conference at Ministry of Tourism and Culture.  Minister St.Ange said it’s rewarding to see that the Memorandum of Understanding is bearing fruits.

It’s doubling rewarding because not only you will be attached at the Academy, you will also go to our private sector partners. You will go into our resorts and there you will be able to also guide our industry into the expectations of the Chinese tourists we are now welcoming in ever growing numbers” said Minister St.Ange

Minister Alain St.Ange went on to say that Seychelles was putting a lot of effort to grow the Chinese market and that the student’s expertise will help to add value to our service to be what is expected by the Chinese visitors.

I hope that as you are learning from us, we also learn from you. Our trade, our private sector wants to be able to be better informed and this is why everybody wants to have this group of Chinese students attached to their respective hotels.” the Minister said.

He asked the students to become good ambassador for Seychelles when they finally return to China in six months time.

I hope that you are not only here to learn, but you will be able to also enjoy Seychelles.  Many of your fellow citizens come to Seychelles on holiday. Try and enjoy what they’ve experienced. Go and enjoy this diversity that makes Seychelles the unique destination it is” Minister Alain St.Ange said.

It is the first time that the Seychelles Tourism Academy has brought Chinese students to be trained in the Seychelles. They are third year students of a four year Management course in tourism.

The 23 students is the first to come to Seychelles as part of the exchange agreement signed between Seychelles Tourism Academy and Hebei Tourism Vocational College in Chengde. During the six months, they will be working in Seychelles, Hebei College has sent to Seychelles a representative to act as the students mentor and visit them at their place of work to ensure that their work attachment runs smoothly.

H.E. Shi Zhongjun, the Chinese Ambassador to Seychelles said that the Seychelles Tourism Academy and Hebei Tourism Vocational College in Chengde are witnessing a positive results from their cooperation.  During the Press Conference the Seychelles Tourism Academy announced that its own lecturers will also go China for exchange programs.

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