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Seychelles Port Authority keeps tourism trade partners informed of new development

February 27, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelThe Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) requested updates of the facilities at the Mahe, Praslin and La Digue Quay and Jetty at their last meting with Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture.

Last week, Mr John Stravens, the Chairman of the SHTA and representatives from the Industry’s Association accompanied Minister St.Ange, PS for Tourism Anne Lafortune and Sinha Levkovic of the Tourism Department for a meeting with Lieutenant Colonel Andre Ciseaux, the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Port Authority.

Meeting with CEO Ports AuthoritySHTA re Tourism Facility

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Ciseaux and members of his Management Team met with tourism trade partners to give an oversight of proposed infrastructure development for their Mahe Inter Island Quay, the Baie St Anne Praslin Quay and Jetty and also the La Digue Jetty. In a small presentation at Seychelles Port Authority’s Head quarters, Lieutenant Colonel Andre Ciseaux, the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Port Authority explained that a proposed plan for maritime tourism related development at the Mahe Inter Island Quay has already been submitted to Planning Authority for approval. He said one key elements of the plan is the construction of a dedicated passenger common area. The proposed shed will allow passengers boarding at the Mahe Inter Island Quay to have a sitting area. It will also include a rest room, common area for Destination Management Companies (DMC) and a collecting point for arrival luggages. Commenting on the proposed development project for Mahe Inter Island Quay, Alain St.Ange, the Minister for Tourism and Culture said “the pick-up area for luggage will curb down on congestion and chaos at the port. The dedicated pick up area for luggage is a much needed facility at the Inter Island Quay“ Minister St.Ange said.

The Mahe Inter Island Quay project is seen by the tourism trade as being urgent especially now that recently a passenger fell into the sea at the luggage collection point. A representative of the main ferry company company, the Inter Island Boats – Cat Coco said that their vessel unloaded about 4 tonnes of luggage on its daily trip. The much awaited dedicated area for passengers to pick up luggage will solve the existing problem of passengers having to collect their luggage right at the ferry on the edge of the jetty itself. Mr Ciseaux re-assured trade partners present for the presentation that upon approval of the proposed plan, the project to build the passenger shed will be put on tender. Members of the Tourism Trade implored that the Planning Authority appreciate the constraints that the tourism industry were being faced with and therefore the need to have this project submitted since last year by the Port Authority approved. 

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Ciseaux of the Seychelles Port Authority also spoke in great detail about the proposed concept for maritime commercial development on a new reclaimed land at Baie St Anne Praslin. This project makes provisions for a new passenger terminal equipped with shops, commercial banks, a restaurant and other modern facilities to improve the comfort of passengers. The present jetty at Baie St Anne Praslin will eventually be converted into a marina, where it is also being proposed that small kiosks will be built for vendors selling tourism products.

Lieutenant Colonel Ciseaux said the redevelopment of Baie St Anne Jetty is in line with a series of public consultations carried out on the Island. The new passenger terminal at the Baie St Anne Praslin reclaimed land, is aimed at better managing the flow of passenger’s circulation on the jetty and will provide dedicated mooring areas for yachts and cruise ships.

The concept for the La Digue jetty redevelopment will come into effect in 2016. The Seychelles Port Authority plans for passenger’s ferry to dock more closer to the Port Terminal Building which should help to eliminate congestion at the jetty. Passengers landing on La Digue, said Seychelles Ports Authority, will have a shorter walking distance from the jetty to the island’s commercial facilities. Yachts will also be given a dedicated area for mooring. “For this to happen the basin will be deepened and the retaining wall on the land side tidied up” Mr Ciseau said.

At the end of the Presentation, Alain St.Ange, the Minister for Tourism and Culture said “it was important that these projects are communicated to trade partners representing the biggest chunk of companies using Port Facilities”. Minister St.Ange congratulated the Ministry responsible for Transport and the Port Authority for accepting to meet the tourism trade to present their plans.

John Stravens, the Chairman of Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association ( SHTA) spoke of the partnership between private and public sectors, which he said is fundamental in putting the tourism industry to the fore.

“I would like to salute the initiative of Seychelles Port Authority to make known these projects to trade partners. It shows the true spirit of partnership between public and private sector. We should continue in our drive to further develop this partnership. I would like to congratulate Alain St.Ange, Minister for Tourism and Culture for his approach to continue to hear the private sector calls and for working to make this presentation possible.’’

The presentations on Seychelles Port Authority project to develop Inter Island Quay, Baie St Anne and La Digue jetties were also attended by Anne Lafortune Principal Secretary for Tourism.

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