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Minister Michael Sik Yuen of Mauritius and Minister Alain St.Ange of Seychelles – both Vanilla Island members

April 8, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelGermany remains one of the most important tourism target markets for the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands and of the Africa mainland.

Confirmation has now been received in Seychelles that a leading German Tour Operator will brings Top Agents to experience the carnival in the Seychelles which will be held from the 25 to 27 April. Last year, travel agents from Germany on a fam trip to the Seychelles were just “filling in” for German Carnival groups that were busy with simultaneous celebrations at home, but they were so thrilled that DERTOUR, one of Germany’s leading tour operators, decided to send another 44 travel agents to the 2014 edition of the event, and this time, they join three dozen revellers from Düsseldorf, bringing the total of German Carnival “emissaries” from Germany to an unprecedented 80.

german delegation carnival.2013jpgTwo years ago, a similar group from Düsseldorf had joined the Carnival in the Seychelles, but in 2013, local dates coincided with the festivities at home and prevented the Germans from attending. In lieu of the “professionals” (actually, very dedicated amateurs), travel agents took their place and joined the parade, and because of their enthusiastic response, Germany now sends two groups: 44 travel agents from all over Germany plus 36 representatives from Düsseldorf’s carnival organizations. Led by “Prince Simon I” and “Princess Rebecca Venetia,” the Düsseldorf delegation will include musicians from the “Swinging Funfares” group and dancers from the “Carnival Friends of the Catholic Youth.”

The so-called “Mega Fam Trip” organized by DERTOUR in co-operation with the Seychelles Tourism Board Frankfurt Office, Emirates and Mason’s Travel will give German travel professionals not only a chance to learn more about the country conducting hotel visits and site inspections, but also to experience first hand what it is like to be in Seychelles at this very special time of the year, when Carnival groups from all over the world congregate to share their joy.

“Seeing is believing” — and there is no doubt that travel agents who have seen the Carnaval International de Victoria with their own eyes will be sending droves of clients to this event in years to come.

Additional sponsorship for the fam trip is provided by the following trade partners (in alphabetical order): Allamanda Beach Resort & Spa, Banyan Tree Seychelles, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts, Castello Beach Hotel of Praslin, Coco de Mer Hotel and Black Parrot Suites of Praslin, Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove, Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Le Domaine de la Réserve of Praslin, New Emerald Cove of Praslin, Paradise Sun Hotel of Praslin, Sainte Anne Resort & Spa, and Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa.

The 2014 edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria is being jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte and South Africa KwaZulu Natal. The Dertour Fam Trip will be meeting with the tourism representatives of this co-host countries to help them better appreciate the culture of these countries joining together to promote themselves using their culture and in so doing proudly showcasing their people. Though the carnival in Seychelles and because of Germany’s participation the visibility of the region will be greatly increased in Germany.

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