Seychelles Tourism Minister: Carnaval a plus for Seychellois and visitors

“The Carnaval International de Victoria is a good event for Seychelles. It brings press in large numbers to our shores which is good for the visibility of our islands, and it provides a plus for us the people of Seychelles and also for our visitors,” said Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange on the conclusion of the country’s annual Carnaval International de Victoria.

The minister addressed the people of Seychelles last week as he closed the 2016 edition of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria with an appeal for Seychelles to continue to work as one to keep the island’s tourism industry growing. The Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture spoke about the importance of the tourism industry and the need to keep increasing the visibility of the islands for the Seychelles to remain relevant as a tourism destination.

“The potential reward for an even more successful tourism industry would be remarkable for the people of Seychelles and for the local business community, but for this to happen, Seychelles needs to once and for all get politics out of the local tourism scene,” said Minister St.Ange to the gathered press after he had addressed the closing ceremony of the island’s carnival. “We are one people, and all of us together, we have but one Seychelles. This is what I said when I addressed the opening ceremony of the carnaval, and this I believe. Seychelles has had a successful tourism industry, and it can still get better if we continue to work as one,” the island’s minister said. “The whole business community of Seychelles is relieved when the island’s tourism industry is working well, and they are all more conscious of this today than they have ever been on the need to rally together with players in the tourism industry to ensure the industry that remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy continues to work well,” Minister Alain St.Ange added.

“For this carnival, we salute the Ephelia Resort, for example, for bussing tourists to Victoria, as we salute Creole Travel for providing buses to move their guests to Victoria to see the carnival. The 72-strong Chinese group here to support their carnival delegation is another example that we could not miss, as they were seen chasing behind their delegation around Victoria. Two Israeli charters with well over 600 passengers arrived in the country during the carnival, and a most of them were in Victoria early and seen around Independence House as they prepared to find suitable spots to watch the carnival parade,” Minister Alain St.Ange said on tourists getting the opportunity to appreciate the carnival.

Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) . For more information on Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, click here.