The 53rd Edition of TTG Incontri Fair opened its door on the 13th October 2016 in the the beautiful town of Rimini in the northern part of Italy. It is to note that in 2015 the fair recorded a total of 63 000 visitors.
For the past years the Seychelles Tourism Board has always participated in this key trade and consumer tourism exhibition together with its loyal partners.
This year was not an exception. Partners from the Destination Management Companies, hotels and airline joined together under one common objective on the branded stand depicting the Seychelles Island another world to showcase their products and services and reaffirm their commitment to the Italian travel trade.
The 17 members delegation comprises of:
Bernadette Willemin – Director Europe for the Seychelles Tourism Board
Monette Rose – Regional Manager for the Seychelles Tourism Board in Italy
Amia Jovanovic-Desir Senior Marketing Executive at the Tourism Board
Yasmine Pochetti – Marketing Executive at the Tourism Board
Terence Quartre – Print and Production Coordinator at the Tourism Board
Juliette Hoareau – Marketing Coordinator 7 South
Christine Ozouf Commercial Manager Air Seychelles
Wendy Tan Director – Business Development Berjaya
Blaisila Hoffman Head of Marketing Creole Travel Services
Normandy Salabao – Sales and Marketing Manager Creole Travel Service
Eddy D’Offay – Deputy Managing Director Hotel L’Archipel
Roberto Viviani – Business Manager Europe North Island
Danny Davids – Sales and Marketing Manager Paradise Sun (TSOGO Sun)
Ferruccio Tirone – Sales Representative Paradise Sun (TSOGO Sun)
Katerina Ferguson – Director of Sales and Marketing Savoy Seychelles Resort & SPA
Eric Zanconat – Sales Representative Seychelles European Reservation
Isabelle Lestrat – Director of Sales & Marketing The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach Seychelles
It is essential to mention that to date Italy occupies the 4th place in the ranking of visitors arrival to Seychelles thus demonstrating the importance of the market share for the islands.
The good news that both Turkish Airline and Qatar will soon fly to Seychelles has further boosted the confidence for the tour operators to push for more sales to the islands.
One trade representative echoed when one airline company pulled out from the market some years ago, business from some tour operators who were prominent on the destination dropped drastically. We are very happy now with the new airline dynamics which will definitely broaden the selection for our clients to choose from he added. Inorder to complete the jigsaw puzzle a direct is highly awaited from the Italians.
It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm from both the Italian and local trade with regards to future business commented Bernadette Willemin the Seychelles Tourism Board Director Europe who was heading the delegation. She added, the market has picked up in terms of arrival figures since the beginning of the year. Continuous efforts from all stake holders be it at home or on the market in terms of promotional actions will only help to keep the momentum going and bring more Italians to our shore. The Seychelles Tourism Board is committed to play its strategic role in ensuring that Italy remains one of the major source market for the Seychelles she concluded.
Our business comes mainly though the travel trade distribution. Consequently, destination and product trainings is of vital importance. The Seychelles Tourism and its partners has thus given rendez-vous to the travel agents for a four city roadshow just after the TTG trade fair. Altogether, we are targeting over 250 trade agents in Milan, Naples, Florence and Rome. The objectives is to boost their knowledge on the destination, provide them with the essential selling tools and more importantly keep them abreast of what Seychelles has to offer in the tourism field .
Ms Monette Rose the Regional Manager of Seychelles Tourism Board Italy said that she is overwhelmed that that this roadshow will now take place being the first time for this kind of event organised on this market . “I would like to thank all the partners who have responded to our call , invitation and I am convinced that they will all generate potential business …”
“We look forward to a successful business year with increase trade participation in our promotional activities” she also said .