The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) recently took part in one of the most important fair in the Italian fishing field, in Riva del Garda – beautiful location in northern Italy on the popular lake of Garda.
STB was represented by its regional manager based in Italy Monette Rose at the fair which was held from March 25-26.
The fair which recorded a number of 15,231 visitors, is set to be the confirmed point of reference for the fishing lovers, thanks to its contents, numbers, meetings and number of associations attending – 25 for this edition.
Seychelles took part in the fair for the first time, promoting its waters, amongst the richest fishing grounds in the world, and active holidays in the archipelago.
International sport and recreational fishermen enthusiastically return each year to these waters that already boast world records for striped bonito, bonefish, giant guitarfish, tuna and many other.
Seychelles has also become the epicenter of salt water fly fishing on the magnificent shallow flats of the outer islands and blue-water fly fishing is also becoming increasingly popular.
The fair was the perfect platform to promote the richness of the archipelago. This year much attention was also given to sustainability with the contribution of scientists and experts, exploring new ways to develop this sport without harming the ecosystem.
Seychelles is proud of its long-standing enlightened conservation policies, adopted to ensure protection of fish stocks through best practice in the fishing arena. One example of this is a total ban on the use of spear guns in its waters or the ban on fishing in protected areas.
The fair featured also 210 commercial activities promoting and selling specific fishing and hunting gears as well as the latest novelties on the market, on a surface of 25,000 sqm and four pavilions.
Special activities for children were organized to attract families and attention was put on gastronomy with Caccia&Pesca in Tavola, a series of meetings and courses to learn new recipes using the various catch of the day.
Great enthusiasm was given to the novelty of this year – the Tenkara Village, a pavilion dedicated to this new fishing technique from Japan, with popular guests and international experts.
Seychelles’ stand received great attention from members of the public who were new to the idea of booking a holiday in the tropical paradise enriching the stay with thrilling fishing excursions and experiences.
The aim was to widen Seychelles’ tourism prospects and in the next month’s other related projects will follow to increase the visibility of the islands in this niche sector.
The event was the perfect mix of culture, business, fun and passion and next fishing fair will take place between March 24-25, 2018.