Seychelles has welcomed a new group of ten Tourism Ambassadors, bringing the total to 103 Seychellois nationals overseas in this program.
The new group was announced at the ITB tourism trade fair in Berlin earlier this month.
Altogether, there are 32 countries worldwide now being represented, and these cover both the main tourist markets of Seychelles, as well as new emerging markets.
It is to be noted that members of this program are Seychellois living abroad who volunteer to help promote their home islands as a tourist destination in their current country of residence. They organize promotional activities to raise the awareness on Seychelles and work in tandem with the different Seychelles Tourist Offices covering their area.
The Seychelles Tourism Board has said that the country is grateful for the contribution of each and every member in raising the profile of the islands on the international tourist market.
The members are active in many ways, from attending trade fairs and other marketing activities, to doing their own promotions in a bid to attract more visitors to Seychelles.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St.Ange, has welcomed the new members and said their support would help to more adequately service the different markets.
“Your contacts and local knowledge of your current country are invaluable tools in promoting Seychelles as a tourism destination across the globe,” he said.
The new Tourism Ambassadors are: Christopher Faure (Canada), Kidd Lavigne (Germany), Juliana Grandcourt (Italy), Dorothy Furneau (Italy), Maureen Desnousse (The Netherlands), Ralph Theresine (UK), Rita Gedeon (UK), Porcia Bernard (USA), Youcef Maiche (Algeria), and Taric Bey (Algeria).
The Seychelles are islands that depends on their tourism industry. They are always innovating to ensure that they keep themselves ahead in this very competitive world. The Tourism Ambassadors program was conceived over a year ago to empower Seychellois nationals from the four corners of the world to become “foot soldiers” for their Tourism Board in the dissemination of information about the Creole tropical islands in the Indian Ocean.