The Minister for Tourism and Culture – Mr Alain St Ange in the presence of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Seychelles based in London, Her Excellency – Mrs Marie Pierre Lloyd were present today – Monday 7th November 2016 on the Seychelles stand in Excel, London for the opening of the World Travel Market, London along with the Seychelles delegation
World Travel Market – the 3 day event – is being held from the 07-10th November 2016. The Seychelles has its own destination stand covering a space of 100sqm
A strong presence of various companies consisting of the national airline – Air Seychelles, hotel companies and DMC’s are present on the Seychelles stand this year.
The delegation is headed by the Minister of Tourism – Mr Alain St Ange and the CEO – Ms Sherin Francis comprises of the following companies and participants – 7 South – Mrs Anna Butler Payette, Creole Travel Services – Mr Guillaume Albert and Ms Blaisila Hoffman, Masons Travel – Mr Lenny Alvis, Air Seychelles – Mr Carlos Antunes and Mrs Christine Ozouf, Coral Strand Smart Hotel and Savoy Seychelles Resort and Spa – Mr Denis Verkhoruvov, Mr Ravil Zaripov and Mrs Katerina Ferguson, Coco De Mer Hotel & Black Parrot Suites – Mr Ash Behari, Berjaya Hotels Seychelles – Ms Wendy Tan, Hilton Seychelles – Mrs Devi Pentamah & Ms Britta Krug, Kempinski Seychelles Resort and Spa – Mr Simone Berti, Eden Bleu – Mr Manuel Policarpo and Ms Celia Ponzo, Raffles Praslin – Mr Joerg Roterberg.
The Seychelles Tourism Board delegation consists of the Minister of Tourism – Mr Alain St Ange, CEO – Mrs Sherin Francis, Regional Director Europe – Mrs Bernadette Willemin, Seychelles Tourism Board Manager – UK & Ireland – Ms Tinaz Wadia, Seychelles Tourism Board – Marketing Executive – UK and Ireland – Ms Eloise Vidot, Senior Marketing Executive – STB head office – Ms Stephanie Lablache and Manager – Emarketing – STB head office – Mr Vahid Jacob
Staged annually in London, at Excel, World Travel Market is the leading global travel event for the travel industry – a must attend business to business event providing a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to the UK and international travel professionals. The show provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business
More than 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, Government Ministers, and international press visit WTM each year in November to network, negotiate and discover latest trends and industry opinions.
During WTM, the Minister for Tourism – Mr St Ange will be attending some high profile events such as the UNWTO and WTM Ministers summit discussing seamless and safer travel, The PATA Aligned Advocacy Dinner which has been organised annually on the first night of WTM since 2012 where its first dinner held in the UK Parliament, the House of Commons. Following its first four memorable and impactful events, the 5th PATA Aligned Advocacy Dinner London 2016 will be held at the spectacular “Clothworkers’ Hall”, a unique venue in the heart of the City of London. A dinner hosted by CNN on the 08th November and a an event hosted by the BBC on the 09th November 2016
Now in its 37th year, the event generates more than £ 2.5 billion worth of travel industry contracts.
There has been a gradual and promising increase of figures to the Seychelles from the UK over the past few years with the market experiencing a 14% increase compared to same time last year.