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Seychelles vies for its fair share of the China market

A workshop was hosted on Monday at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort whereby the trade was given an overview of the Guangdong Province and how Seychelles can get its fair share from this market.

A workshop was hosted on Monday at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort whereby the trade was given an overview of the Guangdong Province and how Seychelles can get its fair share from this market.

A delegation from the Guangdong tourism industry was in Seychelles from February 26-28.

Led by the Vice-Director General of Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province, Zhang Zhenlin, the delegation consisted of the governors from the Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province, as well as representatives from travel agencies, tourism attractions, and hotel businesses there.

Mr. Zhang also introduced the 2017 Guangdong International Tourism Industry EXPO, which takes place in September in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province.

He extended an invitation to the Seychelles tourism trade partners to take part in the 2017 Guangdong International Tourism Industry EXPO.

Attending the workshop were the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Deputy Chief Executive and Senior Marketing Executive, Stephanie Lablache.

The delegation then met the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, and the Principal Secretary for Tourism Anne Lafortune.

Also attending the meeting were the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Francis, and Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, Flavien Joubert.

The partnership with Guangdong tourism is set to be consolidated after the meeting.

Both the Gross domestic product (GDP) and capita GDP of Guangdong Province are ranked the first place in China for nearly 30 years. Hence, Guangdong becomes the biggest outbound source market in China with eight million outbound tourists in 2016, exclusive travelers to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.

Guangdong Province also plays a very important role in Seychelles’ tourism roadmap on the Chinese market since the Seychelles Tourism Board office was established six years ago in China.

The delegation also visited the Seychelles Tourism Academy and had a discussion with the institution’s Principal, Flavien Joubert.