The MacGregor and Laporte Families have opened a new hotel accommodation establishment at Bel Ombre on the main island of Mahe right adjacent to the La Buze Treasure Site.
The property was declared officially open by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture in the presence of Minister Christian Lionnet, former Minister Patrick Pillay, Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism, Gaelen Bresson, the Elected Representative for the Bel Ombre Constituency in the National Assembly, John Stravens, the Chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA), members of the local tourism trade, business partners and family members of the MacGregor and Laporte families.
When she welcomed everyone to the evening ceremony at the swimming pool deck of the hotel, Marie-France MacGregor, the main driver behind the project thanked her husband, Francis MacGregor, the President of the Seychelles Court of Appeal, for his support and encouragement that helped her and her partner with the project.
Marie-France MacGregor also requested Minister St.Ange to convey to President James Michel her appreciation for the time he took to visit her establishment when he toured tourism establishments in the northern part of Mahe. She then went on to thank her family for all their support, Minister Alain St.Ange for his personal encouragement and advise, and her many friends present for all their continued support.
Minister Pierre Laporte, who is the brother and partner of Marie-France MacGregor took the opportunity to introduce his brother Alain Laporte who had just migrated back to Seychelles with his family after more that 23 years in Canada. Alain Laporte, a Chef by profession has taken over the Catering Responsibilities of the new Treasure Cove Hotel.
When he took to the podium to officially open the latest addition to the long list of Seychelles Home Grown Tourism Establishments, Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture congratulated the MacGregor and Laporte Families for opening a great small hotel. "We are proud of you for what you have achieved in doing. I have seen your bedrooms and know that the spectacular and uninterrupted views over the turquoise blue seas will be appreciated by all visitors who will be lucky to select your property" Minister St.Ange said.
The Minister went on to appeal to more Seychellois to join the island's tourism industry. "When we said that Seychelles needed to claim back its tourism industry, it was an appeal to get more of our Seychellois business community to do like the MacGregor and Laporte Families have done. We need Seychellois onboard to help our country consolidate its tourism industry for the long term. When Seychellois are involved they will defend and they will protect our tourism industry, the industry that remains the pillar of our country's economy" Minister Alain St.Ange said.
The Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture assured the developers of the new Treasure Cove Hotel of Bel Ombre of his Ministry's support and also of the support of the Seychelles Tourism Board.