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Saint Ange Tourism Report – Edition #3 of Volume #3 of Monday 21st. January 2019

January 23, 2019 Visit Africa / Seychelles No Comments Email Email

The Editorial this week highlights:- a. again the importance of safety & security especially after the Kenya attack and the Yellow Vests protests. b. Beauty of Seychelles. c. UNWTO Activities at FITUR 2019 . d. PATWA 2019 at ITB Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin. e. Marketing Seychelles. f. Encouraging Seychellois to work. g. Aviation Seychelles. h. Seychelles International Airways ready to start operations next year . i. Kenya Airways to make daily flights to Seychelles as of February . j. Naomy King continues to fly the Seychelles flag.   Stand alone articles this week:- 1. Amy Michel of Mason’s Travel at MATKA Tourism Fair in Helsinki. 2. Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie for a Spa & Wellness Holiday in La Digue Seychelles . 3. ‘food-fun-game’ at Club Liberte for tourism leaders. 4. ‘Beauty & the Beach’ in Seychelles. 5.Kenya Airways to make daily flights to Seychelles as of February. 6. Seychelles International Airways planning to start flying next year. 7. Seychelles to host FINA World Junior Open Water Championship in 2020. 8. New book on Seychelles Creole Cuisine. 9. Teachers in Seychelles to get new climate change curriculum guide focusing on island nation’s situation. 10. Madagascar Rajoelina’s inauguration. 11.  Didier Robert with Père Pedro in Madagascar. 12. Uganda in the top three ‘Must Photograph’ list for 2019. 13. Francesco Suma – is Marine Manager at Creole Travel Services. 14.  Scientific Music Therapy Centre launched in Seychelles. 15. The Dirty Truth About Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water. 16. Reunion – Regional Emergency Aid for very small businesses. 17. Good news for Cape Town Tourism at Cape Town International Airport. 18. Mauritius’ Victoria Urban Terminal to be completed in six months. 19. Closing Notes.

Welcome to Edition 3 of our Volume 3 series. We have spoken about the need for Seychelles to save its safety and security label and the Kenyan tragedy but days ago should be a reminder that we need to remain on the alert at all times. President Kenyatta of Kenya and his CS for Tourism Najib Balala have reacted fast and are doing all that is possible to mitigate adverse effects of this terrorist attack and have said that they do not expect serious adverse effects to their tourism industry.

The troubled world we live in dictates to the discerning traveller that ‘safety and security’ are today the most important selling points for any tourism destination. France with the Yellow Vest protests have fallen into the same safety trap and tourism to Paris has suffered. The need for a tourism meeting to discuss this important topic is over needed and any further delay is playing with fire. Regions must move first to see their challenges before bringing it to the global stage. Kenya through the African Union (AU) could be leading this needed drive as CS Balala is also today the Head o the CAF Grouping at the UNWTO.

Beauty of Seychelles

Carana Beach
“No, this is not Anse Source d’Argent beach on La Digue, but we think that our Carana beach is just as stunning! Agree?” said a recent post on Social Media

Following on right in the heels of “Safety and Security” is the natural landscape of tourism destinations. Seychelles is blessed with its amazing beaches with their granite boulders. Seychelles today talks of the ‘Blue Economy’, but has always had an eye for conservation and on its environment. Though the islands must take a step back to ‘dot the Is and cross the Ts’ it needs to look at the popular beaches, the gateways to its Blue Economy platform and the same asset that is so needed for a consolidated tourism industry. Tourists continue to complain about the lack of public toilets and showers. Bearing in mind that what is good for tourism is also good for the local population, this needed basic facility is a must now especially after years of it being discussed in public / private sector cross sectorial meetings that were until two years ago chaired by the current President of the islands.

UNWTO Activities at FITUR 2019

Tourism Trade Fair Season has started and recent information confirms that 9 AFRICANS COUNTRIES – 28 TOURISM MINISTERS & SECRETARIES OF STATE – 465+ PARTICIPANTS are set to join the 10th edition of INVESTOUR 2019 in Madrid Spain – promoting sustainable development and tourism in Africa. Tourism Trade Fairs is exactly what its name implies, a gathering for the tourism trade. This PR exercise has it benefits where destinations showcases its offerings to tour operator partners and to the press.

VoyagesAfriq writes:- These will be among the activities led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) during the 39th edition of the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid (FITUR, 23-27 January), the first of the world’s major annual tourism events. A new activity this year is the inauguration of a global tourism innovation hub, highlighting the UNWTO’s role in and commitment to innovation. Furthermore, the awards ceremony of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition will be held in partnership with Globalia, the leading tourism group in Spain and Latin America. This competition, the first and largest initiative of its kind in the world, is aimed at identifying the new companies that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector and the promotion of innovation ecosystems through tourism.

Celebrating its tenth edition, the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR) has consolidated itself as the annual event that brings together numerous tourism ministers of the region and investors to discuss the opportunities that the sector can offer the continent. Organized jointly by the UNWTO, FITUR and Casa África, this year’s sessions will be structured around two main themes: “Safe and Seamless Travel in Africa: Fostering Resilience and Risk Management in the Tourism Sector” and “Embracing Digital Transformation, Innovation and Promoting Niche Tourism Products”.

PATWA 2019 at ITB Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin

Following in the footsteps of FITUR in Spain the world of tourism will descend on Berlin in Germany for the annual ITB Tourism Trade Fair. This is one of the two biggest tourism fairs and is held in the first week of March. It is at that Tourism Gathering that PATWA holds its annual World Tourism & Aviation Leaders Summit where tourism leaders from across the globe come together to discuss pressing tourism issues. This gathering is totally private sector driven and Tourism Ministers join in to show their belief in public / private sector partnership and that this is needed for a sustainable tourism development.

Marketing Seychelles 

Tinaz Wadia the new Director of Sales at Four Seasons and the H Resort of Beau Vallon new recruits, Director of Sales Sherif El Mansoury and PR Manager Arushi Gupta. were last week doing their rounds to the local DMCs to introduce themselves.

Tinaz Wadia is not new to Seychelles Tourism having previously worked for the private sector trade locally and also was the London based Director for the Seychelles Tourism Board.

Seychelles was also saying goodbye this week to Isabelle Le Strat from H Resort, Beau Vallon who is heading to the sister island of Mauritius. Isabelle Le Strat was at a point in time part of the Paris based Marketing Team for the Seychelles Tourism Board before joining the private sector in the islands.

Encouraging Seychellois to work

Developing a line of business locally needs all the encouragement possible. A local seamstress , Sheila Figaro of St. Louis, who developed a business around school uniforms for schools on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue was this week in Market Street in Victoria beating the pre-school start day with a table selling her collection of uniforms. Many tourists were photographing her with her neat piles of uniforms for different schools and each and every shirt was labelled with her own brand.

Often tourism establishments are looking for a reasonable priced uniforms and custom made ones to show individual style. Buy local and support Seychelles.

Aviation Seychelles

Seychelles International Airport 

 2987 metres long and 46 metres wide runway
Seychelles International Airport is the gateway for anyone flying to the islands for tourism or as a business person. It is this airport that is the partner for the island’s tourism industry as it is the partner for Members of the Business Community. The Team at the airport have ever since the opening of the facility been dedicated and have always delivered for Seychelles as was expected of them.

More and more traffic is now landing at the Seychelles International Airport and any new development in the island’s aviation will become the partner of the Airport’s Team.


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