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Newly-appointed Seychelles Tourism Board Chair meets Tourism Minister

Newly-appointed Seychelles Tourism Board Chair meets Tourism Minister ( Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, met with Ms. Wendy Pierre, the newly-appointed Chairperson of the Tourism Board, at his Office at the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in ESPACE Building.

This meeting follows the appointment by the President of a new Board of Directors of the Seychelles Tourism Board for a period of three years with effect from August 25, 2014.

The full composition of the Board is:

Ms. Wendy Pierre - Chairperson, Mr. Patrick Payet - Member, Captain David Savy - Member, Mr. Freddy Karkaria - Member, Mr. Christophe Gangster - Member, Mr. Paul Hodoul - Member, and Mr. John Stravens - Member.

Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Tourism Board; Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism; and Jenifer Sinon, of the Tourism Board, who is also the Secretary of the Board, were also present at the meeting that took place in the Minister's Office.

Minister St.Ange started by congratulating Ms. Pierre on her appointment and assured her of his ministry's total support.

“The Tourism Board of Seychelles is mandated to market the destination. Our Tourism Board is driven by the island's private sector who have four out of the seven Board Members and they have also seen the government appoint the person they had nominated to be the Director of Marketing for the Seychelles Tourism Board. The Tourism Department of the Ministry on the other hand is responsible for policy and regulatory matters," the Minister explained at the meeting.

Mrs. Pierre on her side welcomed the support of the ministry and gave her commitment to help the Tourism Board achieve its objectives. She also expressed her wish to familiarize herself with the work of the Tourism Board as early as possible so that she can get maximum exposure and information required for her to discharge her duties effectively.

Minister Alain St.Ange and CEO Sherin Naiken also used the meeting to invite Mrs. Pierre to join the Seychelles delegation to attend one of the coming tourism trade fairs saying that this will be the perfect opportunity for the new Chairperson to witness the Tourism Board at work and for her to be more knowledgeable of the general marketing strategies of the Tourism Board. Ms. Pierre said that she would be interested to join the Seychelles delegation for the World Travel Market in London later in November.

Discussions at the meeting also centered on the inter-ministerial meetings taking place currently in the country. The Minister personally extended an invitation to the new Chairperson to be present at these meetings in order for her to be aware of the different concerns raised by the tourism trade and the government ministries with regards to the challenges of the tourism sector and for her to obtain maximum exposure and information on the current issues happening in the industry. The inter-ministerial meetings has been called for by the Tourism Board.

Minister St.Ange and Mrs. Pierre concluded the meeting by agreeing to meet on a monthly basis to discuss matters that require the Minister’s attention and intervention.

PHOTO: Anne Lafortune, Sherin Naiken, Minister St.Ange, Wendy Pierre&Jenifer Sinon


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