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Saint Ange Tourism Report 24th September 2017

September 26, 2017 Business News No Comments Email Email

Welcome to Edition 16 of 24th September 2017.

Our quote for today is by the Dalai Lama:- 

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new”

Talking is easy, doing some thing is more difficult. The business community do not talk for the sake of talking, they put their money where their mouth is and help create the economy of the country and provide employment. Letting the business community work is important, and ensuring the conditions they are operating under is conducive to growth is even more important. They are the motor of the economy and they will ensure the country has a happier work force, this is why less talk is needed and more action is expected.

This edition of the Saint Ange Tourism Report comes at a time when Seychelles is experiencing two important situations that will impact of the lives of the people and on the island’s tourism industry.

The first important development is that it is now confirmed that at least two airlines (British Airways and Air France) are coming back to Seychelles after years of absence, and that new ones are sniffing around still. British Airways and Air France will both be operating non-stop flights from London and Paris respectively.

British Airways and Air France are coming back to Seychelles after years of absence

This is indeed good news for Seychelles and this successful announcement comes after very long negotiations. The second development is a sad one. It is the deteriorating level of security in the islands that is causing good, hardworking law abiding citizens to be prisoners in their own house. The breaking into cars and this developing period of insecurity, if not redressed, will impact negatively on the tourism industry. Malika Jivan, a local professional accountant, has made this point clear on a local newspaper. The beauty of our islands now needs the security and safety concerns addressed to do Seychelles, and the Seychellois people proud.

The beautiful beach at La Digue in Seychelles is not enough anymore – safety & security is needed 24 / 7

World Tourism Day 2017 on 27 September will focus on Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development. This celebration is in line with the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the Day will be dedicated to exploring the contribution of tourism to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainable Tourism is a benchmark for Seychelles. We have our very own Sustainable Tourism Label and we have seen projects touching very much on protecting what we have as a country and that are showcasing what we are. Some tourism establishments have also earned the Sustainable Tourism Label and they are today listed for all to see as hotels who care for the environment. They have joined the list of good custodians of what Seychelles has been blessed with.

As World Tourism Day 2017 on 27 September will focus on Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development we are listing three special projects that are examples today:-

D’Arros Research Centre turtle monitoring course with Jeanne Mortimer and local staff & Part of the St Joseph Atoll

1. D’Arros Island was recently mentioned on the International Circuit as a conservation & protection example that should make Seychelles proud. D’Arros Research Centre turtle monitoring course is in place with Jeanne Mortimer and local staff owning the project for Seychelles.

2. Kot Man-Ya, Jardin de l’Ambassadeur flower garden off Les Canelles Road at Anse Royale belonging to former Ambassador Marc Marengo remains a traditional garden where visitors and Seychellois alike can view an explosion of colour through a conducted tour of this special tropical garden and

3. the Self-sufficiency ambitions on Denis Island that is supporting unique offering for holidaymakers in the island are well worth noting in this International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Guests enjoying the pleasures of being part of a self-sufficiency ambition program on Denis Island in Seychelles

The world wide coverage of the Saint Ange Tourism Report and the increased readership by Tour Operators and Travel Agents has seen more and more messages seeking the tourism report to introduce a column of objective assessments of tourism properties. We have responded to each of these requests on a one-to-one basis, but important to state that for today we are and will continue to promote Seychelles as a country and alert everyone on aspects that need attention. We shall continue to bring to the forefront properties, facilities, attractions or activities that are examples, but shall refrain to air adverse impressions on establishments or facilities for now. We shall continue nevertheless to respond to personal queries or recommendations through WhatsApp or emails.

Organised activities and new facilities in Seychelles continues to grow. A recent addition where class meets a natural setting is the Champagne Bar at Avani Barbarons. It is innovative and is indeed showing initiative with a difference.

Innovation showing great initiative at Avani Barbarons Seychelles

Today we also table the need to see the cost of living versus salaries. If a young returning graduate with a Master’s degree and fully employed by the state cannot make ends meet the country has a problem. I met recently a fully fledged young Seychellois graduate employed initially with her Master’s degree at the Ministry of Education taking numerous role, as a teacher, research officer, unit developer for University of Seychelles and Part-time lecturer before moving to the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change. She has been posting for extra after-hours work to make ends meet. If a qualified Seychellois with a Master’s Degree  who was selected to be part of the cohort to follow that Master’s Degree in Education under The Australian Award program and with an Australian Leadership award cannot make ends meet in her full time work as a Civil Servant, is in not time to relook quickly at the Cost of Living in Seychelles, bearing in mind of all the thousands who do not hold a Master’s Degree. The time to act is now.

Finally, it is important to again today acknowledge all who are diligently re-posting the Saint Ange Tourism Report weekly. Our Report ranges far and wide, from Australia to the Americas, from the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands to Africa & Asian and Greater Europe, with your continued support, which is greatly appreciated. You are helping us to go from strength to strength with each new Edition.

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