The Seychelles Tourism Board met with the sponsors of the 2011 “Carnaval International de Victoria” in a short ceremony on Wednesday to thank them for their heartfelt contributions towards the event.
Held at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Beach Resort & Casino, the ceremony was attended by over 50 sponsors, comprising tourism businesses, government agencies, as well as other small and big local businesses.
Attending on behalf of the tourism board were its CEO Alain St.Ange, Deputy CEO Elsia Grandcourt, Events Manager Marymonde Matatiken, Seychelles Tourism News Bureau Manager Lena Hoareau, as well the CEO of the Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association Jennifer Sinon.
The Seychelles Tourism Board, who is the main organizer of the “Carnaval International de Victoria” stressed that they are grateful to all those who have come forward to help make the carnival a reality.
“On behalf of the tourism industry and on behalf of the government of Seychelles, I say thank you to you all who have rallied behind the 2011 Seychelles carnival to help make it a reality,” Mr. St.Ange told the sponsors.
“The tourism board alone would not have managed to make such an event as big, as the 2011 Seychelles carnival is going to be, happen and with that much excitement without the backing and support of the sponsors,” he added. He explained that however big or small their contributions have been is not of importance as the tourism board appreciates them all.
“The important thing here is your kind gesture and your dedication to help Seychelles enter into the world of carnivals,” Mr. St.Ange said.
It is to be noted that the sponsors are helping the Seychelles Carnival Committee in different ways, such as with cash donation, gifts, accommodation, transfers, air tickets, lottery prizes, publicity banners, and services in-kind, to name but a few.
Mr. St.Ange went on to explain the reason for the tourism board’s inclination to organize the “Carnaval International de Victoria,” saying that it wanted Seychelles to have an event that will bring visibility to the destination.
“With so many international participation and prominent media and press personalities, including navies of the world, flocking to Seychelles to be part of our carnival, it is certain that the destination will receive a boost in visibility that it’s tourism industry so needs,” he said. The Seychelles tourism industry has been saying for a long time that the country needed more visibility in the marketplace, and this event comes in at the right time to help increase the awareness of Seychelles and of its tourism industry.