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Ministers Of Tourism Of India & Seychelles Address Patwa International Seminar On New Initiatives In Travel

August 6, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email
Seychelles-TravelMinister Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Indian Minister responsible for Tourism and also for Culture and Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture were in New Delhi in India last Saturday to address the PATWA (Pacific Area Travel Writers Association) International Seminar on New Initiatives in Travel.

The Ministers of Tourism from India and the Seychelles joined Mr Sagar Ahluwalia, the Secretary General of PATWA as main speakers at the International Seminar. Minister Naik of India and Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles presented to a full house of Tour Operators and Hospitality Operators their respective countries approach to tourism.
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Minister Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Indian Minister responsible for Tourism and also for Culture & Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture at the PATWA Seminar in Delhi

This international Seminar was the first official function for the Indian Minister since assuming Office following Prime Minister Modi’s electoral victory at the last general elections in India. Last Saturday’s International Seminar was also the first opportunity for Minister Naik of India to meet his Seychellois counterpart.  Minister St.Ange of Seychelles said to the press that he had been eager to meet Minister Naik of India as he was hoping to join forces with India to promote South-South Cooperation.

Minister Naik of India used his address in front of an important gathering of IndianTourism players to spell out his Government’s new approach to Tourism as emphasised his personal drive to get the region moving and the Tourism Industry of India revitalised.
On his part Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles delivered an off-the-cuff address retracing the new tourism approach of Seychelles, the country where tourism remains the pillar of its economy.  The Seychelles Minister spoke about the island’s drive to get the Seychellois Population more involved in their tourism industry and to use culture as the base for the island’s marketing.
“The Prime Minister of India spoke about his 5-T approach for Tourism. Today I am happy to reassure you all that India and Seychelles share a joint vision because the Trade, Tourism, Tradition and Talent points of the 5-T approach correspond to the letter to the Seychelles approach where culture, and in so doing the people of the islands are placed at the centre of the Seychelles Tourism Agenda. We are in India today to develop trade and this through the consolidation of our tourism industry. But to develop Tourism we get our culture showcased. which is what Prime Minister Modi is referring to as Tradition, and for this to work we needed to involve our People because they are those who remain the custodians of the island’s culture. This step is what India is referring to as the T for Talent” Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said.
Minister St.Ange who was screening a promotional DVD of the Seychelles on large screen behind the top table and speaker’s podium used his address to emphasise the importance of tourism destinations to join the call by India and Seychelles to embrace culture in tourism marketing.
The screening of this DVD enabled the beauty off the islands of the Seychelles to be clearly appreciated by members of the tourism fraternity who were present in large numbers for this International Seminar organised by PATWA.
Accompanying Minister St.Ange on his official visit to India and to the PATWA International Seminar were Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Benjamine Rose, the PS for Culture, Marco Francis, the Chairman of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce & Industries and a strong delegation of the Seychelles Indian Association. Mr Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organisation was also present at the PATWA International Seminar.
Photo Caption: Minister Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Indian Minister responsible for Tourism and also for Culture & Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture at the PATWA Seminar in Delhi

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