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Tourism Minister leads strong Seychelles delegation at World Travel Market, London

Tourism Minister leads strong Seychelles delegation at World Travel Market, London ( The Seychelles Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Alain St Ange, in the presence of the High Commissioner for the Republic of Seychelles based in London, Her Excellency Mrs. Marie Pierre Lloyd, were present today, Monday, November 7, 2016, on the Seychelles stand in Excel, London for the opening of the World Travel Market, London along with the Seychelles delegation.

World Travel Market, a 3-day event, is being held from November 7-10, 2016. The Seychelles has its own destination stand covering a space of 100 square meters.

A strong presence of various companies consisting of the national airline, Air Seychelles, along with hotel companies and DMCs (destination management companies) are present on the Seychelles stand this year.

The delegation is headed by the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Alain St Ange, and the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, Mrs. Sherin Francis, and is comprised of the following companies and participants: 7 South – Mrs. Anna Butler Payette; Creole Travel Services – Mr. Guillaume Albert and Ms. Blaisila Hoffman; Masons Travel – Mr. Lenny Alvis; Air Seychelles - Mr. Carlos Antunes and Mrs. Christine Ozouf; Coral Strand Smart Hotel and Savoy Seychelles Resort and Spa – Mr. Denis Verkhoruvov, Mr. Ravil Zaripov, and Mrs. Katerina Ferguson; Coco De Mer Hotel&Black Parrot Suites – Mr. Ash Behari; Berjaya Hotels Seychelles – Ms. Wendy Tan; Hilton Seychelles – Mrs. Devi Pentamah&Ms. Britta Krug; Kempinski Seychelles Resort and Spa – Mr. Simone Berti; Eden Bleu – Mr. Manuel Policarpo and Ms. Celia Ponzo; and Raffles Praslin – Mr. Joerg Roterberg.

The Seychelles Tourism Board delegation consists of the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine – Mr. Alain St Ange; CEO – Mrs. Sherin Francis; Regional Director Europe – Mrs. Bernadette Willemin; Seychelles Tourism Board Manager, UK&Ireland – Ms. Tinaz Wadia; Seychelles Tourism Board Marketing Executive, UK and Ireland – Ms. Eloise Vidot; Senior Marketing Executive, STB head office – Ms. Stephanie Lablache; and Manager, Emarketing, STB head office – Mr. Vahid Jacob.

Staged annually in London, at Excel, World Travel Market is the leading global travel event for the travel industry – a must-attend business-to-business event providing a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to the UK and international travel professionals. The show provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate, and conduct business.

More than 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers, and international press visit WTM each year in November to network, negotiate, and discover latest trends and industry opinions.

During WTM, the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. St Ange, will be attending some high-profile events such as the UNWTO and WTM Ministers Summit discussing seamless and safer travel, and the PATA Aligned Advocacy Dinner which has been organized annually on the first night of WTM since 2012 where its first dinner was held in the UK Parliament, the House of Commons. Following its first four memorable and impactful events, the 5th PATA Aligned Advocacy Dinner London 2016 will be held at the spectacular “Clothworkers’ Hall," a unique venue in the heart of the city of London. And the minister will also attend a dinner hosted by CNN on November 8 as well as an event hosted by the BBC on November 9, 2016.

Now in its 37th year, the event generates more than £ 2.5 billion worth of travel industry contracts.

There has been a gradual and promising increase of figures to the Seychelles from the UK over the past few years with the market experiencing a 14% increase compared to same time last year.


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