Praslin hoteliers express desire to see more activities for tourists upon visit of Tourism Minister to tourism properties on the island
The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, proceeded to Praslin Island last week, as he continues to visit tourism businesses, mainly holiday accommodations, in Seychelles.
Praslin, the Seychelles’ second most populated island, is home to many tourism businesses both big and small. Boasting lush tropical vegetation, clear turquoise waters and powder-white beaches that often make the list of the world’s best beaches, the island is a firm favourite among travelers to the archipelago.
Winning accolades across various categories at the World Travel Awards 2017, demonstrates that Seychelles, in spite of being small in size, remains relevant as a tourist destination.
The Chief Executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Mrs. Sherin Francis said this on Wednesday last week, while addressing representatives of the award-winning businesses.
STB and the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine joined together to honour the national airline, port authority and hotels, who were voted the Indian Ocean best and the best in Seychelles, in their respective categories at this year’s World Travel Awards. This was also an opportunity for the award winners to be presented to the local media.
Seychellois Naomy King won the title of the most photogenic model at the Top Model of the World 2017 competition, held in El Gouna, Egypt.
The pageant’s grand finale was held on Friday 14th July.
King who also made it to the top 6, was ranked fourth at the end of the competition.
“I feel very proud as I was not expecting to be among the top 6 out of 40 contestants,” she said.
The 17-year-old model was chosen to represent Seychelles at this year’s Top Model of the World, after she had to renounce her participation in the Miss Intercontinental competition last year, due to school commitments.
Getting Seychelles into the ‘spotlight’: Seychelles Tourism Board moves to educate Kenyan travel agents on the destination
Seychelles had the opportunity to boost the knowledge of Kenyan travel agents, enticing them to promote and sell the island destination among Kenya’s outbound tourism market, as the Seychelles Tourism Board joined the recent Spotlight workshops in Nairobi.
The workshops were conducted at the Raddison Blu Hotel and Villa Rosa Kempiniski in Nairobi on July 6 and 7.
Seychelles was among 10 tourist destinations at the two-day event, which saw the participation of some 30 exhibitors and 187 agents.
Seychelles has lost a well-known and respected tourism personality; Louis D’Offay, who passed away at his home on Praslin on Tuesday, at the age of 73.
Mr D’Offay who described himself as a self-taught hotelier, began his journey in the tourism industry with the small beach property at Cote d’Or known as Village du Pecheur.
Tucked at the end of Cote d’Or bay on Praslin, Hotel L'Archipel, an establishment, which he built in the late 1980’s can be described as his greatest success story.
As a businessman, he invested time, money and expertise in several other ventures, especially in tourism properties on Praslin and La Digue.
The Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, has visited another 8 tourism properties on Mahé, as part of his ongoing door-to-door visits to holiday accommodations in Seychelles.
The eight establishments chosen were mostly Seychellois-owned small self-catering properties, located at Anse aux Poules Bleues and Anse Soleil, in the Baie Lazare district.
The aim is to be aware of the various services and products on offer, to appreciate the successes and gain an understanding of challenges faced by these establishments.
The Principal Secretary for Tourism Mrs. Anne Lafortune accompanied the minister on last Friday’s visit, as part of the tourism department’s ongoing efforts to align itself with key stakeholders in the tourism industry.
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