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A remote retreat surrounded by a lush forested hillside overlooking the idyllic beach bay of Petite Anse, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has been honoured by the Condé Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards 'The World’s Top 100', ranking at number 6 and as 2nd best hotel in the Overseas Holiday Hotels – The Middle East, Africa and The Indian Ocean and Overseas Hotel Spas Section.Still a relatively young hotel at only 4 years old, it has been recognized above some of the best hotels and resorts of the world. In the index of satisfaction scores out of 100, the Seychelles’…
The Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) has awarded Banyan Tree Seychelles Resort and Kempinski Seychelles Resort with a sustainable tourism certificate each. This took place at the Grand Seychelles Ball on September 21 at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort and Casino. The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange, presented the awards to representatives of the hotels.The SSTL is a sustainable tourism management and certification programme adopted by the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, in a bid to encourage more efficient and sustainable ways of doing business in Seychelles and is applicable to…
After the confirmation of a high-level delegation of stars from Bollywood attending the first Seychelles India Day celebrations in October, Travel News of the USA and Canada picked up on the major event on the archipelago’s calendar.Travel News of the USA and Canada, a well-known and respected publication in the tourism trade, told the world of how a joint press conference was held in the tiny islands to announce this huge event.“In a joint press conference that officially launched the media campaign on Monday 2nd September for the Seychelles India Day, the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the Indian…
The Seychelles destination continues to be the perfect getaway for top profile personalities from around the world as more and more people seek the tranquillity of the islands.Akel Biltaji, the Jordan Upper House of Parliament Senator and Tourism and Heritage chairman, together with Louis D’Amore, President of International Institute for peace through Tourism (IIPT), announced recently that they were considering Seychelles for their official visit.This was revealed during talks with the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange, during a tree-planting ceremony in the Livingstone International Peace Park in Zambia. Minister St Ange said that Mr D’Amore had…
Seychelles has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Zambia for cooperation and exchanges in the field of tourism.This took place during the 20th General Assembly of the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation in Zambia recently.The agreement was signed by Alain St Ange, Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture and Sylvia Masebo, Zambia’s Minister for Tourism and Arts. Minister St Ange said this agreement is another stepping stone in the African countries’ quest to “learn from each other success stories’’.The MoU covers four areas of cooperation: promotion of events, research and planning, joint marketing and promotional programmes, training and…
Elsia Grandcourt, former chief executive of the Seychelles Tourism Board, has taken up her position at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) headquarters in Madrid, Spain.Mrs Grandcourt is now responsible to push the agenda of the 49 African countries of the UNWTO, through her post as the Director for Africa.She makes history in her home country by becoming the first and youngest Seychellois to lead an important posting within the UNWTO. She replaces Senegalese Ousmane Ndiaye who had been in this position for a number of years.Speaking to local press following the announcement of her appointment during the commission…

Maldives now member of Vanilla Islands

Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00
The Maldives has been accepted as a member of the Vanilla Islands.The destination joins Seychelles, Mayotte, Comoros, Reunion, Madagascar and Mauritius in the organisation. The island becomes the seventh member of the grouping and its acceptance was officially announced at the Top Resa trade fair in Paris last week.Present at the Maldives stand at Top Resa, Fathimath Afra, Deputy Director of Maldives Tourism, had the opportunity to meet with Alain St Ange, President of the Vanilla Islands, to discuss their expectations as a new member.Minister St Ange said that Maldives had put into consideration listing one of its national events…

Vanilla Islands joins UNWTO

Friday, 04 October 2013 09:27
The Vanilla Islands have secured a position within the world tourism body’s UNWTO. This position pitches the group of islands which include Mauritius, Comoros, Mayotte, Maldives, Seychelles, Reunion and Madagascar on the international arena and raise the grouping’s visibility in the international press. The Vanilla Islands, which one of its key mandates is to market the region’s tourism industry, officially qualified as a fully-fledged member of the world tourism body following the blessing of the Secretary General of UNTWO, Taleb Rifai, during the ministerial meeting of the Vanilla Islands conference held recently in Reunion.The ministerial meeting of the Vanilla Islands…
The French Minister for “L’Artisanat, du Commerce et du Tourisme”, Sylvia Pinel, paid a courtesy call at the Seychelles’ stand at the Top Resa tourism fair last week.Minister Pinel was welcomed at the stand by her counterpart, Alain St Ange, the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture. The two ministers, who met for the first time at Top Resa last year, discussed pertinent issues among which included the recent World Tourism Organisation ( UNWTO) Sustainable development forum in Reunion.Minister Pinel, who was unable to attend the forum, touched base with Minister St Ange on the acceptance of the Vanilla Islands…
Seychelles’ election as a member of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is a plus for small island states as with this mandate, it is in a right position to push the tourism agenda of the Indian Ocean region and Africa to the forefront.Seychelles, which falls in the Eastern Region, was vying for this position along with Kenya. The latter then withdrew its position, paving the way for Seychelles to be elected to represent the region.Alain St Ange, the Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism and Culture, was representing the country at the 20th General Meeting for…
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