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East3Route was initially a grouping of three African countries: South Africa Mozambique and Swaziland. In February 2013, Seychelles joined the grouping, thus becoming the fourth member.eastEast3Route’s marketing approaches promote what the grouping refer to as “territorial marketing”. In another term, its encourages South Africans to visit Swaziland, Swaziland to visit Mozambique and vice versa.East3Route’s marketing branding incites holiday-makers to have “breakfast in Kwazulu Natal, lunch in Swaziland and dinner in Mozambique’’. With Seychelles’ admittance in East3Route, the grouping had to adjust its marketing packages to feature the island destination.As a result, two representatives of the East3Route grouping from Kwazulu Natal…
Alain St Ange and the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s working approach with Didier Robert, the Regional Head of Reunion and the IRT team, had more to it than just being co-workers. Both men have grown to have the interest of their islands at heart and understand that great things can only be accomplished by working together. During an official working mission in Seychelles recently, Mr Robert and Minister St Ange concluded their joint meeting on fruitful terms. Reunion agreed in principle on its participation in the upcoming 28th edition of Festival Kreol 2013.Reunion’s presence in the festival would…
The South African market continues to portray signs of continued growth for Seychelles.Statistic shows that although Seychelles had recorded an 8% growth on South Africa compared to the same period for 2012, the average spending power of South Africans choosing Seychelles as their holiday destination is by far more considerate than other competitive regional destinations.The statistic indicates that the South Africans’ spending power for seven nights in Seychelles amounts to an average of 28 thousand rand. Mauritius and Zanzibar, two highly competitive destinations offering inclusive packages and the same star code hotels as Seychelles, their spending power of South Africans…
Seychelles and South Africa have signed an agreement which paves the way for more exchanges in the tourism field between the two countries.The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Seychelles between Martinus Van Schalkwyk, the South African Minister for Tourism and Alain St Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture.The agreement is a first for both countries. Signed at La Plaine St Andre’s historical site, Minister St Ange said that the agreement echoed the willpower of both African countries to work together for the betterment of the tourism industry.“Both Minister Van Schalkwyk and myself have echoed the same…
The La Digue jetty at La Passe was hit by a wave of visitors converging on the island on 15th August for the Feast of the Assumption.Party goers from Mahe and other inner islands flooded the island for a mega fiesta. This year, the organising committee of the La Digue Feast of the Assumption wanted it to be a big event and over four consecutive days, the normally tranquil island saw a string of performances and cultural animations.The star of the event was Lima Calbio, the soca queen from Trinidad and Tobago, who took the crowd by storm with her…
Seychelles, reputed as the Creole Capital of the world, has set sail for the launch of the 28th edition of Festival Kreol, planned between 25-31 October.For this year’s edition, Alain St Ange, the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture had taken the organisation of the event under his wings and promised to turn this festival into an event to be remembered.As the minister holding the Culture portfolio, this year’s Festival Kreol is the first under his direction. Known to have crafted the Seychelles Carnival International de Victoria with countless success stories, Minister St Ange is working endlessly with a strong…

Hotel Bel Air’s new look

Friday, 30 August 2013 11:18
Forty years ago, the Rassool family embarked on a great venture of turning the family home into a hotel. Located at Bel Air on a hill overlooking Victoria, the family was sceptical about the success of the business because most hotels at that time were located on the beach.Forty years later, the small tourism establishment has transformed into a perfect home-away from home with a tranquil ambiance. As the Rassool family moved up in line of business, the management of the Bel Air hotel was taken up by one of the family’s heirs, Roland Rassool and his wife Natasha Rassool.…
The silver anniversary of a tourism property is always a milestone celebration. And rightly so! Spending a quarter of a century building the success of a home-grown hotelier deserved to be celebrated.Chez Batista Hotel and Restaurant, arguably one of the Seychelles’ finest restaurants of Creole cuisine, recently marked a new era for the property.Starting a business of selling grilled fresh fish with salad and rice on the stunning beach front of Anse Takamaka, on the southern coast of Mahe, Chez Batista took a unique chance of converting the small business to a popular Creole restaurant.Today, Jean-Baptiste Hortere, Chez Batista’s owner…
The Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association’s (SHTA) vision is to work much closer with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Seychelles Tourism Board.John Stravens, the newly appointed chairman of SHTA, said that his vision is to consolidate the work done by his predecessor and help Seychelles consolidate its tourism industry.Mr Stravens made this statement during a courtesy call to the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange, after his appointment as the new chairman of SHTA.“We are willing to continue to develop a strong working partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and with the Tourism…
The replica of the “La Vierge du Cap” famous vessel presumed to have been captured by the legendary pirate, La Buse, will be built on a site adjacent to the treasure site at Bel Ombre, on the northern coast of Mahe.The new tourism development project is set to become a major tourist attraction in Seychelles. The Seychelles Heritage Foundation and its parent Ministry, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, awarded the tender bid for the project to a private promoter, Bel Ombre Tourist Development.Once completed, the site will offer restaurants and bar services as well as an art gallery. The…
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