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President launches new vision to encourage travellers to book Seychelles holidays

The President of the Seychelles, James Michel, has launched a new tourism vision and is appealing to the tourism industry to help the government devise a new plan to attract more travellers from all over the world to take Seychelles holidays.

President launches new vision to encourage travellers to book Seychelles holidays

James Michel, President of the Seychelles, is appealing to the tourism industry to work with the government and come up with a new national tourism development plan and promote his vision to encourage travellers to book Seychelles holidays.

The President called upon Seychelles hotels and businesses in the tourism industry at a gathering held at the Tourism & Cultural Village, Domain de Val Pres last week and said that the Seychelles brand would offer a new approach towards the development of tourism for the country in order to attract more visitors to enjoy Seychelles holidays.

He said: "We can no longer go out there in the global village with only our sun, sea, and sand tags. The Seychelles brand goes beyond the physical beauty of our islands. It is the long-awaited and much-talked-about bridge that brings Seychellois social cohesion, arts, history, and culture closer to other civilizations.

"Visitors to Seychelles can identify the distinct nature of Seychellois hospitality, our way of life, and the unique beauty of our nature, and the warmth of our people. Above all, it is a new dynamism. It encapsulates the spirit of Seychellois entrepreneurship in the industry. It will reaffirm and open avenues for Seychellois ownership in tourism-related enterprises. I strongly believe in the ownership of this vital industry by Seychellois. We have to continue to reinforce the structures and enhance the conditions to allow our people to become key stakeholders in the tourism industry."

President Michel stated that the Seychelles Tourism Board would be working with the Planning Authority and the Licensing Authority and will be issuing a new annual quality assurance label to tourism establishments which will guarantee "Seychelles Tourism Assurance" by the Seychelles Tourist Board for visitors enjoying luxury holidays in the Seychelles.

"We will streamline our policies in the management, conservation, and promotion of our national heritage. Government has decided to set up a body that will provide for better networking amongst all agencies that have a stake in managing our historical, cultural, and environmental sites. This body will ensure that there is harmony in common policies and standards, ensure better coordination, and set best practices," added President Michel.

The number of travellers taking Seychelles holidays so far this year has increased by 12 percent in comparison to 2009 with the peak number of visitors enjoying their holidays in the Indian Ocean destination during May, June and July.

The President added that Seychelles will continue to be marketed abroad under the slogan: The Seychelles Islands, Another World.

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