La Digue scooped best cultural float in the 2015 edition of the Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria.
It was the President of Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Michel, who presented La Digue with its Tom Bowers gold trophy.
Chantal Ghislain, the elected member of National Assembly for La Digue, who took the trophy, said the 50 participants worked tirelessly to put together the float.
“We’ve merged the elements of culture, aesthetic, and innovation to build a float showcasing what goes on the La Digue jetty.”
For the first time, Seychelles introduced the best cultural float award in the Carnaval International de Victoria.
The Cambodian float, showcasing Pailin Peacock, Ramayana, and Aspara dances, came in second, and Zambia settled in the third position.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, congratulated La Digue island for being innovative and for their determination to get their island seen by the world. “La Digue is dependent on tourism as their main industry. It is tourism that helps the economy of the island and that puts money in the pockets of so many Diguois. It was so good to see La Digue come forward and get the world press to recognize them as a tourism island in their own right. Others have missed the boat once again and will now see themselves lagging behind La Digue in this competitive world of tourism,” said Minister St.Ange.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .