Seychelles Tourism Board and Tourism Office in Reunion sign MOU to pave the way for closer cooperation
The Seychelles Tourism Board and the Tourism Office of Reunion Island (IRT) have signed a memorandum of understanding for tourism promotion.
The agreement signed between Patrick Serveaux, President of the Tourism Office in Reunion (IRT) and Sherin Naiken, the chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board paves the way for both entities to consolidate existing working partnerships and work on new ground of cooperation’s in tourism.
Present to witness the signing were Didier Robert, the Senator of Reunion Island and President of the Regional Council of Reunion and Alain St.Ange the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture
The agreement makes provision for the Seychelles Tourism Board to post one of its representatives in Tourism Office of Reunion (IRT), promotion of the cruise line industry, promotion of Seychelles secret brand for Reunion market among others. Patrick Serveaux said this agreement is a perfect chance for Seychelles and Reunion to work together on mutual ground of interest.
‘’ We are both islands in the Indian Ocean with great potentials. We need to support each other to move forward and reach our common objectives’’.
He said the posting of a Seychelles representative in the tourism office will boost the ties which already exist between the two tourism entities. Miss Naiken emphasised on the renewed working partnership and willingness for Seychelles Tourism Board and Tourism Office in Reunion (IRT) to consolidate their working relationship. The agreement was signed during a press conference organised by the Regional Council of Reunion.
It was Didier Robert Senator and President of Reunion island who opened the press conference, attended by a strong bank of Reunion press.
Didier Robert spoke at length on Reunion’s successes in achieving 187,400 travellers for the first semester 2015.
He said the renewal of partnership between the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Tourism Office of Reunion Island (IRT) is a testimony of the continued goodwill of Seychelles and Reunion to work together.
He also touched base on the Vanilla Islands, of which he chaired as the President.
On this issue, he paid particular attention to combine packages for Vanilla Islands.
He said the triangular combine packages can also be workable for Seychelles.
Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said when he took the floor that the memorandum of understanding is a step in the right direction.
‘’ No island is an island onto itself. I salute Reunion and the goodwill displayed by Reunion Island to work with us. We have here a real chance to work together and consolidate our efforts’’
Lionnel Majeste Larrouy French Ambassador to Seychelles gave his blessing for the new bridge built between Reunion and Seychelles.