Seychellois culture and tourism: A match made in paradise

Activities on offer by the Avani Seychelles Resort will surely position it on a unique footing in its quest to blend the Seychellois culture into its tourism product. A true match made in these paradise islands!

In its efforts to add more spectacle and color to its entertainment program and to expose its guests to the Seychelles’ vibrant Creole culture, the management of Avani Seychelles Resort has introduced a series of events that will capture the attention and imagination of the public.

The diverse program kicked off with the “Bazaar Barbarons” on Saturday, July 30, where invited guests attended the official opening by Mr. Alain St. Ange, Minister for Tourism and Culture. This initiative saw the participation of several artisans, vendors, painters, and traditional cooks from the region of Grand Anse and Barbarons where the hotel is located. This was peppered by a repertoire of song and dance that provided the audience with a glimpse of the country’s folklore.

The resort’s stunning pool area was the venue that hosted the various stalls offering a wide variety of “Made in Seychelles” products ranging from handicrafts, clothing, fruits and vegetables, to culinary delicacies and home-brewed beverages.

Delivering his opening speech in the presence of several dignitaries and invited guests, Minister St. Ange complimented Avani Seychelles Resort’s initiative as the true blend of tourism and culture:

“Selling sun, sea, and sand is just not enough to promote Seychelles within the world tourism market, and this is why it is essential to showcase our heritage through numerous activities such as the Bazaar Barbarbons,” he said.

Stephane Vilar, the proud General Manager of the hotel, congratulated all the participants of this first installment: “We wanted to showcase that Seychelles is not just beautiful islands, but also has a lot to offer in terms of gastronomy, culture, and agriculture. We want to try and bring back good memories from the past. Barbarons used to be a lively place, and such a bazaar will help the tourists and local community to discover the true traditions of Seychelles,” Mr. Vilar said.

The hotel guests also thoroughly enjoyed the evening, as it permitted them to sample all the different local traditional dishes in a bazaar setting, while browsing the handicraft stalls seeking the locally-made souvenirs to take home, and being entertained by the authentic sounds from the islands.

In the next couple of weeks, Avani Seychelles will launch more events to complement its already successful Sunday Brunch with a Creole Cabaret and a Seychelles Jazz Night.

For more information on Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange, click here.