Ministers Pierre Laporte (Finance, Trade & Investment), Rolph Payet (Environment & Energy), Alain St.Ange (Tourism & Culture), and Christian Lionnet (Land Use & Habitat) met this morning with Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group & Vice President of Dubai, and his Emirates delegation Mr. Timothy Clark, the President of Emirates, and Mr. Marc Bennett, the Divisional SVP, Leisure Division of Emirates.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and his delegation are in Seychelles on a working visit to discuss the Emirates Hotel project at Cap Ternay.
Emirates had presented a hotel project in 2006 which consisted of 453 hotel rooms and villas, a marina, and a number of water bungalows. Despite experiencing delays, they communicated their desire to play a long-term part in the tourism development of Seychelles and to continue the project.
Following discussions with the government which took place in the last few weeks, Emirates agreed to reduce the hotel size and to remove the plans for water bungalows.
Today’s meeting saw Emirates present their scaled-down resort which now has a maximum of 183 rooms for the Cap Ternay property. The four Seychellois Ministers presented their respective Ministry’s guidelines to ensure the sustainable development of the property, in line with environmental and land-use policy.
The new concept will be submitted to the Cabinet, and if approved, it will need the approval of all the agencies concerned and other due processes including Environmental Impact Assessment.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) .