A Seychelles tourism delegation was welcomed at the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development (BMCTD) by its Chairperson, Cao Pengcheng.
The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Sherin Naiken, along with the Seychelles Resident Ambassador in China, Vivianne Fock-Tave, led a delegation to Beijing and paid a visit to BMCTD to discuss further cooperation which can exist between the two parties.
Addressing the delegation in a meeting, Mr. Cao said after the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Seychelles Tourism Board in 2009, the cooperation of between the two sides enhanced, and Seychelles is now one of the most selected destinations for Beijing citizens.
He also congratulated Victoria for being a founder member of the World Tourism Cities Federation.
The Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development has also expressed the willingness to help promote the Seychelles Tourism Board in Beijing.
Ambassador Fock-Tave hailed the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development for its successes in the tourism sector, adding that what has been paved in 2009, witnessed by Seychelles President James Michel, has been working very well, and the exchange of Beijing Union University with Seychelles Tourism Academy last year is a great example.
She added that the direct flight from Beijing will be a milestone and historical moment for them to look at future cooperation.
Miss Naiken thanked Mr. Cao and his team for the warm welcome. She said the time is fitting to relook at the memorandum of understanding signed six years ago.
“Back in 2009, we did not have an office, but now we have three offices already in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, and after five years of promotion, China is now among the top six leading markets of Seychelles,” she said.
Miss Naiken said Seychelles is also a more diverse destination with the best beaches in the world, its flora and fauna, and a unique culture, as well as all kinds of wonderful world-class of diving, sailing, fishing, and island-hopping activities.
“Apart from the existing cooperation, we can also work together in the events we organize annually such as the Seychelles Eco-friendly Marathon, Carnaval International de Victoria, Seychelles Ocean Festival, Seychelles-China Day celebrations, among others,” she said.
Mr. Cao welcomed the proposals of Miss Naiken, adding that the commission will take them into account, and invited the Seychelles Tourism Board to take part in the Beijing International Tourism Expo which will be held from June 18 to 21, which is part of the World Tourism Industry Conference to take place in Beijing.
Seychelles has also been invited to take part in the China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings which is a professional MICE fair to be held during the month of September in Beijing.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .