Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association discuss key issues at 2011 meeting
Last week, the Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association met for its Annual General Meeting to discuss the country's tourism and what Seychelles holidays offer. The meeting highlighted the increase in visitor arrivals and the introduction of VAT.
The Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association met last week at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss the challenges which lay ahead for the Seychelles holidays and tourism industry.
President of the association and General Manager of his own L’Archipel Hotel on the Island of Praslin, Louis D’Offay, said that the success of the country’s Tourism Board was helped by the support of a united trade.
D’Offay thanked the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St. Ange for his hard efforts and personal sacrifices which resulted in an increase in the number of tourists taking holidays to Seychelles over the past year (including the new Duque and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate who recently enjoyed their honeymoon on this blessed islands).
The president informed members that the association lost their fight in trying to freeze or abolish the VAT introduction and as a result this would increase the costs on the private sector, leaving less money for this sector to support the Tourism Board. Daniella Payet-Allis, the Secretary of the Association, spoke about work being carried out by the association and gained the AGM’s support to seek a clear tourism roadmap from the Seychelles government. She also highlighted that the association’s long-time president, Louis D’Offay, had now entered the final term of his mandate and a decisions should be made on who would be selected to replace him.
The Seychelles is a nation made up of virtually virginal islands situated in the Indian Ocean spanning approximately 115 islands. Every year, hundreds of thousands of travellers from all across the globe take Seychelles holidays to relax and unwind amid the beautiful natural surroundings comprising white sand beaches, dense lush green forests, and sparkling turquoise waters.
The islands offer several luxurious Seychelles hotels, villas and resorts set within picturesque landscapes and during holidays in Seychelles travellers can enjoy fine cuisine, luxurious spas, and a wide range of water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and boat excursions to neighbouring islands.
The famous Anse Source D'Argent beach on La Digue has been voted by the National Geographic as the most sought after beach in the world for travellers seeking luxury holidays, due to its pristine white sands, spectacular granite boulders and crystal clear turquoise waters.
CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Alain St Ange, said: "Our beaches are one of our unique selling points alongside our clean and clear turquoise blue seas, our unspoilt nature and the diversity of our islands. Seychelles remains unique as a group of islands to have both granitic and coralline islands, the diversity of our people among others.”
“We are happy that a respected publication such as the National Geographic has taken notice of our beaches. Seychelles today has over 50% of its land area dedicated to natural reserves because we care about our environment and our government is clearly demonstrating they are serious custodians of our environment and unique treasures for our future generations and for the world to see as they visit this last paradise on earth."
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