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Saint Ange Tourism Report 1st October 2018

October 3, 2018 Africa News No Comments

The Editorial this week highlights:- a.  Budget time is upon Seychelles  – are we ready to rise to the occasion?. b. A sad week it was for Seychelles as Tourism loses a quiet achiever. c. Happy World Tourism Day. d. Ambassador Ronny Jumeau does Seychelles proud – received the Excellence in Leadership Award from SIDS DOCK at the UN HQ. e. Vijay Poonoosamy making Mauritius & the Vanilla Islands proud. f. Oktoberfest in Seychelles – Seychellois Germans dress for the occasion at Club Liberté Casino. g. Miss Regatta 2018 is Gabriella Gonthier. Stand alone articles this week:- 1. Seychelles tourism loses one of its quiet achievers – Rene Michel. 2. Wellness & Spa an essential addition for a holiday says resent Seychelles survey. 3. Hungarian Designer Kathia Dobo stages a Fashion Show at Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa. 4. Top Resa 2018 Seychelles & Mauritius Tourism Ministers lead their delegations and Reunion represented by 32 Industry Professionals. 5. Seychelles’ new tourism bill heading to the island’s Legislature. 6. UN has awarded Seychelles another 14,840 square kilometres of extended continental shelf . 7. Tom Lehman to tee it up in Mauritius and Seychelles at Staysure Tour’s inaugural Indian Ocean Swing. 8. Sustainability key element of the activities to mark the World Tourism Day. 9. Miss France 2019 candidates off to Mauritius. 10. Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Co announces creation of global advisory board. 11. Turkey-Africa Second Economic and Business Forum 10-11 October 2018 in Istanbul. 12. Back to back Creole Festivals Seychelles – Mauritius – Rodrigues. 13. Reunion – With the loop of Petite Plaine, better road circulation in the forest of Bébour one of the most popular picnic site. 14. Hyatt coming to Kenya. 15. Renaud Azemia, CEO VATEL Mauritius makes Front Cover of People Magazine. 16.Cellist’s musical hike Eric Longsworth on the trails of Reunion. 17.  International Newswires continue to republish our Report.

Alain St.Ange

Budget time is upon Seychelles – are we ready to rise to the occasion?

Soon, Seychelles will see its 2019 Budget presented to the National Assembly for discussions, debates and for approval. The island’s Council of Ministers are probably already discussing the fine print of this document that will impact, in one way or another, on the lives of each and every Seychellois. On the tourism front, Tourism Operators working with Seychelles from right around the world are saying that the writing is on the wall if the Government refuses to hear their plea of the island’s private sector trade, for a budget that is deemed appropriate for the industry that remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy. Discussions today are centered around the need to increase the Seychelles Tourism Marketing Budget. Too many Seychellois are dependent on this industry and so many local investments depend entirely on a buoyant tourism industry. New airlines have launched their services to Seychelles, and today we are connected with a range of direct non-stop flights to Europe. Europe remains the main tourism source market for the islands, and it will need to be continuously nurtured. It is the budget of 2019 that will consolidate the good news brought by the arrival of adequate air connectivity that we are now enjoying, but that has taken years to materialise. The appeal on behalf of Seychelles is to ensure the ability of the Tourism Board to be supported enough, so that they can work with their airline and tour operator partners, and to be free of bureaucratic cobwebs so that they can respond fast when working on marketing partnership proposals they received. Failure to show care and understanding of the tourism industry may be costly and could well result in the discontinuation of one or more of the air services in place today. We should never take what we have today for granted. Seychelles needs its airline partners because the island’s tourism industry remains dependent on them, and the island’s economy on its turn is dependent on tourism, the industry that is the main pillar of the Seychelles economy. The islands must appreciate the seriousness of the situation and the importance of pushing for a budget that shows we want tourism to work, because that is the only way to strengthen the “We Are Tourism” call being spearheaded by the private sector.

A sad week for Seychelles, as Tourism loses a quiet achiever

Rene Michel

Rene Michel passed away at his residence at Les Mamelles in the early hours of the morning of Saturday the 29th September, aged 65, with his family by his side. Rene Michel, brother of my wife Ginette, is the man behind the Michel Holiday Apartments and the Michel Villas. He was also the partner of Philip Esparon in Mahe Cars (Car Hire company) and his Aqua Glass Company in partnership with Charles Pool was a supplier of locally made to measure fiberglass swimming pools and moulded plastic water tanks, primarily for the tourism industry. He leaves behind his wife Heather, daughter Amy and son Ben.

Happy World Tourism Day

To mark Tourism Day 2018 it was the “Happy World Tourism Day” message that echoed in Seychelles and in each of the other islands making up the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands group (Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Comoros and Mayotte). A special welcome on Tourism Day was organised for all disembarking passengers in Seychelles. Tourism Officials were at the airport promoting the Pristine Seychelles campaign among arriving tourists together with their working partners – the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) and the Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association (SHTA). Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Vanilla Islands also issued a statement to mark this year’s Tourism Day.

Ambassador Ronny Jumeau does Seychelles proud – received the Excellence in Leadership Award from SIDS DOCK at the UN HQ

Ambassador Ronny Jumeau received this year’s Excellence in Leadership Award from SIDS DOCK and they referred to him as the “Ocean Whisperer from the Seychelles”. Messages of Congratulations on Social Media applauded Ambassador Jumeau for receiving this well deserved award. His tireless work in championing SIDS makes Seychelles and the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands proud. Receiving the Excellence in Leadership Award from SIDSDOCK at the UN Headquarters in New York says it all. “A very emotional moment, speechless, had no idea what SIDSDOCK has reserved for him this year. I was proud to be there to witness that moment” said Ambassador Jumeau after receiving the Award. Ronny Jumeau was the Seychelles Minister responsible for the Environment prior to his posting in New York. Proud of you Ronny!

Vijay Poonoosamy making Mauritius & the Vanilla Islands proud

Vijay Poonoosamy and Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka 
at a UN Women UNGA VIP lunch

Vijay Poonoosamy met with Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, at a UN Women UNGA VIP lunch. Vijay Poonoosamy is from Mauritius Island and is today making the Vanilla Islands of the Indian Ocean proud. Vijay Poonoosamy has also been appointed on the Board of Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Company where he sits proudly alongside Sir Richard Branson, Steve Case, Philippe Cousteau Jr, Carlos Duarte, J. Carl Ganter, Paul Holthus, Aradhana Khowala, Sven-Olof Lindblad, William McDonough, Frits Dirk van Paasschen & Sonu Shivdasani. Congratulations to Vijay Poonoosamy. We are all proud of you.

Oktoberfest in Seychelles – Seychellois Germans dress for the occasion at Club Liberté Casino

Oktoberfest in Seychelles at Club Liberté Casino
(Roland, the local German entrepreneur and the drummer par excellence  in the middle of the photo)

Congratulations to Gabriella Gonthier  the newly elected Miss Regatta 2018. Congratulations also to the first princess Beverly Hoareau and second princess Alanah Barallon. We also need to say a big thank you to Round Table Seychelles for their continued effort for the Community. Regatta at Beau Vallon is now part of the event calendar of Seychelles and it is delivered because Round Table Seychelles remains committed to serve.  Congratulations also to all the Miss Regatta 2018 Contestants. You are all winners because you had the courage to stand to be counted. Seychelles must remain proud of its beauties, and thank you to the organisers of Miss Regatta and Miss Kreol des Iles for opening doors for our young ladies.

It is important to again today acknowledge all who are diligently re-posting the Saint Ange Tourism Report weekly. Our Report ranges far and wide, from Australia to the Americas, from the Indian Ocean Vanilla islands to Africa & Asian and Greater Europe, with your continued support, which is greatly appreciated. You are helping us to grow from strength to strength with each new Edition.

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