Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa of Silhouette Island and the Anse Forbans Chalets on the Main island of Mahe have been added on the list of tourism establishments that are Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) certified.
A certificate presentation ceremony was held this week at the ESPACE Building offices of the Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange.
Present at the ceremony were the principal secretary for tourism Anne Lafortune, cluster director of business development for the Hilton Seychelles Hotels Smital Shah-Boultwood and Brigitte Haworth from the Anse Forbans Chalets.
Minister St.Ange congratulated the two establishments for receiving the SSTL certificate.
He said the label will have more and more importance as we move forward.
The minister added that people need to be more conscious of the environment and its immense importance for the future. Minister St.Ange firmly believes that with these two establishments being certified with the label, this will make room for others in the tourism industry to follow such practices.
In an attempt to support all the tourism label recipients, Minister St.Ange confirmed that a section of the ministry’s website will be dedicated to all SSTL recipients. Furthermore during trade fairs and other similar events, certified establishments will be promoted.
“What a success it would be if all actors in the tourism industry received this sustainable label, but for this to happen everyone must first believe that it is our duty, each and even player in the island’s tourism industry, it is our duty and responsibility to be good custodians of what Seychelles has been blessed with.” Minister St.Ange said.
On her part Mrs Haworth supported the statement made by Minister St.Ange while taking the chance to share initiatives being undertaken by the Anse Forbans Chalets.
This includes partnering with the Seychelles Marine Conservation Society to maintain and clean trails, wetlands among others. Mrs Haworth added that they are embarking on a major restoration project at the area behind the chalets.