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Seychellois artist Patrick Victor honored by playing Vanilla Islands meeting that saw Mauritius assume Presidency of the Regional Organization

Seychellois artist Patrick Victor honored by playing Vanilla Islands meeting that saw Mauritius assume Presidency of the Regional Organization (Forimmediaterelease.net) The annual Ministerial Meeting of the Indian Ocean Islands that took place at the Westin Resort at Balaclava in Mauritius saw the ceremony of the handing over of the organization's flag by the Madagascar Minister responsible for Tourism, to Mr. Xavier Luc Duval, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, in the presence of the Tourism Minister of the Seychelles, President of Reunion, and the President of the Tourism Organization of Mayotte.

As the official ceremony unfolded, it was Patrick Victor, the well-known and popular Seychelles artist, who had the honor of playing his song entitled “Koste Pep Locean Indien" (Unite People of the Indian Ocean). Before the gathered press and dignitaries, Patrick Victor did Seychelles proud as he demonstrated how culture can remain the base for one's tourism industry. Patrick Victor is well known as a musician and artist in all the Indian Ocean islands, and his song was one of the most fitting for this solemn occasion.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and for Culture, told the press after the Vanilla Islands ceremony that for Seychelles it has been accepted that the islands cannot have tourism without culture. “Yes we still have a few sceptics who do not respect this world of culture, but as a whole, everyone knows that by us having placed culture at the center of our tourism development, we have place the people of Seychelles at the center of our island's development," Minister St.Ange said.

“Culture is the heart and soul of a country, and I am honored to see today, culture playing its part to cement the bonds between our islands. This is also in line with what the world bodies (UNWTO [UN World Tourism Organization]&UNESCO [UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization]) are advocating when they say using culture to consolidate tourism and using tourism to safeguard culture," the Seychelles Minister said.

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