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November 5, 2013 Trade Events No Comments Email Email

Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture has left Seychelles for London where he is heading in important tourism industry delegation to the 2013 World Travel Market (WTM).
Official Photo - Minister Alain St.AngeWTM remains one of the largest and most important tourism trade fairs and this year the Seychelles delegation has some 32 participants both form the private and public sector.

Minister Alain St.Ange, the island’s Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture will be accompanied by Sherin Naiken, the new CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Rosemarie Hoareau, the newly appointed Director of Marketing at the Tourism Board, Bernadette Willemin, the Board’s European Director based in Paris, Tinaz Wadia, the Board’s manager for the UK & Ireland based in London who will be managing the Seychelles WTM Stand with the help of her UK based team Eloise Vidot, Maria Morel and Lena Hoareau.

The private sector block who are working with the Seychelles Tourism Board at the 2013 Seychelles WTM Stand in London are:-
From the DMC Groups are 7 Degrees South, Mason’s Travel, Creole Travel Services and Select Seychelles.
From the Hotels and Resorts Le Meridien Seychelles, Cerf island Resort, Coco de Mer Hotel of Praslin, Berjaya Hotels & Resorts, Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel, Paradise Sun of Praslin, Banyan Tree Seychelles, Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Hilton Seychelles Resorts and Sainte Anne Resort & Spa.
Air Seychelles will also be represented at the Seychelles Stand at WTM as will the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Organisation represented by Derek Savy.

Miss Seychelles 2013, Agnes Gerry, will also be on the Seychelles WTM Stand as the hostess and PR Ambassador.

Talking to Members of the International press at the Kreol Institute and the annual Ball at 6am when he was officially closing the 2013 Festival just prior to his departure from Seychelles, Minister St.Ange said that coming WTM in London would be a very busy time for the Seychelles Delegation. “We are co-charing with Mr Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation a UNWTO – Vanilla Islands Press Conference to present the new tourism region to the world press, Seychelles is also one of three countries invited to be alongside Malaysia and the Dominican Republic to be discussed at a UNWTO & the World Bank Case Study Workshop on Strategies for successful Tourism Development based on Lessons Learned from Tourism Cases Studies. This will put Seychelles in the limelight and it will increase our visibility as a serious destination in the world of tourism. Apart from these two major conferences we shall be at the BBC World News Sustainable Tourism Day working lunch with Stephen Sackur, the BBC News Hard Talk Journalist where we shall discuss how companies develop whilst embracing green values. This will be the opportunity for us as Seychelles to spell out our very Sustainable Tourism Label and the fact that today we are listed as Number 1 as a country with over 50% of our total land declared Nature Reserves” Minister St.Ange said.

Minister Alain St.Ange accompanied by Sherin Naiken, the Tourism Board’s CEO and Bernadette Willemin, the Board’s Director for Europe will also be guests to a private dinner with Richard Quest and other CNN anchors and executives.

“We shall also be participating at the UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit which this year will be addressing the topic of how to bridge the gap between tourism and aviation policies as well as meet the press with a number of already pre arranged radio interviews over and above meetings with UK Tour operators” the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and culture said.

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