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Seychelles hosts French travel agents: Now that’s SMART

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The Seychelles Tourist Office in Paris has hosted its first SMART educational visit for this year.

The Seychelles Tourist Office in Paris has hosted its first SMART educational visit for this year. The visit is part of the SMART program organized by the French office to educate and train travel agents on that market.

It involved a one-day intensive destination training with the agents after which they had different modules to complete. Once they had gone through these stages, the agents then had to sell five complete bookings to the destination in order to qualify for the educational tour which is the final leg of their training.

During their recent visit, the 11 agents from different agencies all over France had the chance to discover some of the inner islands of Seychelles namely Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, and Silhouette. They also had the chance to visit various hotel products, some of which they are already selling.

The trip ended with a ceremony organized at the AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa whereby all the agents received their certificates, qualifying them as Seychelles SMART agents.

Present at the ceremony were the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Chief Executive, Sherin Naiken, and Paul Lebon from Mason’s Travel ̶ the destination management company that took care of all the transfers and guided tours for the group.

Also partnering on this trip was the country’s national airline, Air Seychelles, which sponsored the tickets.

The agents were accompanied on the trip by Christine Vel, Senior Marketing Executive from the Seychelles Tourist Office in Paris.

After having spent some wonderful days in Seychelles, the new SMART agents are very keen to promote the destination even more to their clients.

The Seychelles Tourist Office in Paris thanks all its loyal partners who contributed towards the trip and are continuously putting efforts in the French market.

Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .