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Ministers of Tourism of India and Seychelles address PATWA International Seminar on New Initiatives in Travel

Ministers of Tourism of India and Seychelles address PATWA International Seminar on New Initiatives in Travel (Forimmediaterelease.net) Minister Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Indian Minister responsible for Tourism and also for Culture, and Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, were in New Delhi in India last Saturday to address the PATWA (Pacific Area Travel Writers Association) International Seminar on New Initiatives in Travel.

The Ministers of Tourism from India and the Seychelles joined Mr. Sagar Ahluwalia, the Secretary General of PATWA, as main speakers at the International Seminar. Minister Naik of India and Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles presented to a full house of tour operators and hospitality operators their respective country’s approach to tourism.

This International Seminar was the first official function for the Indian Minister since assuming office following Prime Minister Modi's electoral victory at the last general elections in India. Last Saturday's International Seminar was also the first opportunity for Minister Naik of India to meet his Seychellois counterpart. Minister St.Ange of Seychelles said to the press that he had been eager to meet Minister Naik of India as he was hoping to join forces with India to promote South-South cooperation.

Minister Naik of India used his address in front of an important gathering of Indian tourism players to spell out his government's new approach to tourism as he emphasized his personal drive to get the region moving and the tourism industry of India revitalized.

On his part, Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles delivered an off-the-cuff address retracing the new tourism approach of Seychelles, the country where tourism remains the pillar of its economy. The Seychelles Minister spoke about the island's drive to get the Seychellois population more involved in their tourism industry and to use culture as the base for the islands’ marketing.

“The Prime Minister of India spoke about his 5-T approach for tourism. Today, I am happy to reassure you all that India and Seychelles share a joint vision because the trade, tourism, tradition, and talent points of the 5-T approach correspond to the letter to the Seychelles’ approach where culture, and in so doing the people of the islands, are placed at the center of the Seychelles tourism agenda. We are in India today to develop trade and this through the consolidation of our tourism industry. But to develop tourism we need to get our culture showcased, which is what Prime Minister Modi is referring to as tradition, and for this to work we needed to involve our people, because they are those who remain the custodians of the islands’ culture. This step is what India is referring to as the T for talent," Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles said.

Minister St.Ange, who was screening a promotional DVD of the Seychelles on large screen behind the table top and speaker's podium, used his address to emphasize the importance of tourism destinations to join the call by India and Seychelles to embrace culture in tourism marketing.

The screening of this DVD enabled the beauty of the islands of the Seychelles to be clearly appreciated by members of the tourism fraternity who were present in large numbers for this International Seminar organized by PATWA.

Accompanying Minister St.Ange on his official visit to India and to the PATWA International Seminar were Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board; Benjamine Rose, the PS for Culture; Marco Francis, the Chairman of the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce&Industries; and a strong delegation of the Seychelles Indian Association. Mr. Pascal Viroleau, the CEO of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Regional Organization, was also present at the PATWA International Seminar.

PHOTO: Minister Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Indian Minister responsible for Tourism and also for Culture,&Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, at the PATWA Seminar in Delhi

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