UK Wildfowl and Wetland Trust met with Seychelles Tourism Board
The UK-based company Wildfowl and Wetland recently met with the Seychelles Tourism Board to discuss new ways of increasing the popularity of Seychelles holidays. Among some of the urgent projects discussed stands the rehabilitation of the La Digue marsh.
Representatives from the UK-based company, Wildfowl and Wetland, Rebecca Woodward and Marie Orchard, along with Paul Bond from the UK Trade and Investment Bureau, recently met with Alain St. Ange, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, and his Deputy Elsia Grandcourt. The meeting took place in the Board’s Bel Ombre Offices, and its main goal was to discuss the planning of new activities that would increase the popularity of Seychelles holidays.
The Associate Director and Senior Consultant of Wildfowl and Wetland Trust shared ideas for projects of interest with the Tourism Board and took their recommendations into account. The Board suggested projects which they deemed of vital importance for the growth of appealing offers for holidaymakers, hoping to incline them towards taking more holidays to Seychelles.
One of the most important matters discussed in the meeting was the rehabilitation of La Digue’s (a Seychelles island) marsh, seeing that it remains a big area linking two Seychelles hotels: Domaine de L’Orangerie Resort Complex to L’Union Estate through an arrangement of drains and features.
Aside from becoming an appealing attraction for visitors, this marsh would also benefit the local environment and weather conditions of La Digue. This rehabilitation would lessen the risk of floods in the plateau of La Digue, and would also grant a natural setting for birds, migratory fowls and the unique, endemic terrapins (moderate-sized turtles) of the island.
Alain St. Ange stated that the restoration of this old marsh was an excellent opportunity to encourage more travellers to take Seychelles holidays. “The old marsh of La Digue could become a feature we can market as an attraction, and it could provide for a new excursion for the Diguois to take their visitors to. La Digue remains a key tourism destination in Seychelles, and the more we can work with partners to enhance our existing habitats, the more complete a destination it shall be,” he said.
The UK representatives did not limit themselves to exchanging ideas with the Seychelles Tourism Board alone. During their visit Rebecca Woodward, Marie Orchard and Paul Bond also met with other agencies and government departments, including the Ministry of Environment.
While in Seychelles, the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s consulting team also agreed to provide their conference room in London for a Seychelles Tourism Board’s press conference. It would take place this October, when the Seychelles PRandNews Bureau will be officially set up in the UK.
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