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Tourism and Culture Ministry of Seychelles thanks staff for devotion and hard work throughout 2015

Tourism and Culture Ministry of Seychelles thanks staff for devotion and hard work throughout 2015 ( The Ministry of Tourism and Culture held its end-of-year general meeting last Friday, whereby words of thanks were echoed to all staff members for their devotion and hard work throughout this year.

The meeting, held at the International Conference Centre in Victoria and attended by all heads and staff of the ministry, aimed at giving all the departments and bodies the chance to present their achievements and challenges for this year.

Also present at the meeting were the staff members of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Seychelles Tourism Academy, the National Arts Council, the Seychelles Heritage Foundation, and the Creole Institute. Board members of the Tourism Board and the Chairperson of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) were also present.

Addressing all the management and staff, the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, thanked all staff of the ministry for their hard work and dedication this year.

He added that the successes of the ministry are thanks to the hard work of each staff member.

“It is the dedication of our staff members which ensured that the Ministry of Tourism and Culture closes this year on a good note,” the Minister said.

Minister St.Ange said the ministry had achieved a lot and has overcome a number of challenges.

“We are able to deliver because we can, and because we wanted to deliver," the Minister added.

“For us to succeed, we need to keep being united as one ministry. We need to work together as a team. We must take into account that challenges will never stop, but we should always remain connected and in unity as a ministry,” Minister St.Ange said.

In his address, Minister St.Ange spoke about various key areas of focus for this year including the ministry’s door-to-door visits of hotel establishments on Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and the inlying islands, the fungus problem at the National Cultural Centre, the marketing of Seychelles as a destination and its visibility, as well as the many recognitions the islands have received over the past months.

Speaking about tourism, Minister St.Ange said the 19% increase in visitor arrivals over last year, shows that Seychelles is today visible, adding that the strong performance by the tourism industry ensures it remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy.

“For our island's economy to be right, we need a performing tourism industry. This is why we keep putting emphasis on it, and we thank people who are devoted to helping it grow," he added.

“Let us keep putting culture at the base of our tourism industry, and by this we are putting our people at the center of our development. When our very own Seychellois are more involved, it is our country that is taking ownership of this industry,” he said.

Minister St.Ange said for the coming year, more emphasis should be put on the training of staff in all the ministry’s departments and bodies.

Each department and body of the ministry presented their achievement for the year 2015, and ongoing projects and future plans.

The Culture Department was represented by the Director General for Culture, Marcel Rosalie, in the absence of the Principal Secretary, Benjamine Rose, who is on an overseas working mission; Department of Tourism by the Principal Secretary for Tourism Anne Lafortune; National Arts Council by its Chief Executive Jimmy Savy; Seychelles Heritage Foundation by its newly-appointed Chief Executive Miera Savy; the Seychelles Tourism Board by Nathalie Didon, its Deputy Chief Executive; and Flavien Joubert presented for the Seychelles Tourism Academy. Mrs. Penda Choppy of the Creole Institute was today absent at the meeting because of the loss of a family member.

After the Minister’s address and the presentations given by the various departments, staff who have served 25 years or more in the public service sector were presented with a certificate of recognition.

The meeting ended on a good note with a few songs and dance performances by staff of the ministry.


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