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“Thank you Dusseldorf” says Tourism Minister from Seychelles

March 6, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelAlain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture took the microphone, at the gathering following the Monday Carnival in Dusseldorf in which Seychelles had its very own carnival delegation parading in the 7 kilometre route, and thanked Dr Herpens and Dusseldorf for inviting Seychelles to Dusseldorf Germany and for hosting the Seychelles Delegation in Dusseldorf.

DSC01360The Seychelles Minister accompanied by Max Hunzinger, the Seychelles Consul for Frankfurt, Rose Marie Hoareau, the Director of Marketing at the Seychelles Tourism Board and Edith Hunzinger, the Frankfurt based Manager for the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Seychelles Carnival Delegation were invited to join the carnival after party by Dr Herpens, the President of the Dusseldorf Carnival.

After being officially acknowledged and welcomed, Minister St.Ange was thanked for having made it possible for a delegation from Seychelles to have paraded in the Dusseldorf Carnival.

In return the Seychelles Minister thanked Dr Herpens for his friendship and for working with Seychelles. Shocking his German hosts, Minister St.Ange spoke in German for the first part of his address before continuing in English “We are here because Dusseldorf invited us, and we are here because Dusseldorf comes to our Carnaval International de Victoria in April in the Seychelles with your very own delegation and parade with us in the carnival of carnival held at the equator.

Tourism is personal contact, and tourism is a very human industry. Our friendship with Dr Herpens, the President of your Carnival is one such success where the human side of tourism brings fruitful exchanges between two people and between two friendly countries. We thank you all for having taken care of our seventeen young Ambassadors as they were making Seychelles more visible through this cultural exchange. We saw them from the VIP Box and I must say that we felt proud. Thank you Dusseldorf for a great carnival 2014. We shall see some of you in Seychelles soon for our very own carnival” said Minister Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles.

It is the first time that a Carnival Delegation from the Seychelles parades in another carnival. This is what Seychelles is calling cultural tourism and this is where the people of Seychelles use their culture to help in the marketing of the islands as a tourism destination with a difference. Minister Alain St.Ange explained that culture and the people of the islands have a unique Seychelles DNA. “Nobody can imitate it or copy it, this is ours. The pictures of our beaches they can copy and reissue as their own, but our culture and our people we can showcase because this none can take away from us” Minister St.Ange said.

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