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Seychelles welcomes reference that it remains a serious entry in the African world of carnivals

Seychelles welcomes reference that it remains a serious entry in the African world of carnivals ( The Creole Islands of the Seychelles are gearing themselves up for this Friday's official launch of their “Carnaval International de Victoria." Yesterday, as seen in the picture, Alain St.Ange, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, accompanied by Elsia Grandcourt, his Deputy CEO, and Ken Choo, the GM of the Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach Resort & Casino, were overseeing the final touches to the lighting of Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles.

The Berjaya Resort is one of the Seychelles resorts setting up a Chinese alfresco restaurant in the center of Victoria for Friday when the capital of Seychelles will be turned into a restaurant with live music entertainment everywhere. Seychelles has been planning to get all the visitors to Seychelles to Victoria for the three days of celebrations.

"We are a safe destination, and our tourists can happily walk our streets with no anxiety. We want our theme for our carnival - the melting pot of cultures - to be a reality as all the carnival participants, tourists, and the Seychellois population all blend in as a happy group of party goers," Alain St.Ange said.

The CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board has also said that he welcomed the different articles that have spoken about its entry into the African world of carnivals as being a serious one. Alain St.Ange was reacting to the latest article on Afrol News, March 1, which said: “Africa's many carnivals are not the most internationally known, but Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique carnivals have long traditions. Newcomer Seychelles this year offers a tourism-adapted carnival."

Afrol News goes on to state about the Seychelles entry into the African world of carnivals: “A more serious competitor, however, is Seychelles; a prime tourist destination in the Indian Ocean. This year, from March 4-6, the Seychellois capital, Victoria, will host its first-ever international carnival, with invited guests and starts - including Dionne Warwick and Grace Barbé - from all over the world.

"The Seychelles Tourism Board, a key organizer, promises to make an annual high-level event of the Victoria carnival, with colorful tropical parades, an international up-market flair, and a show-off of the islands' cultural diversity. 'It is a carnival for the world, and it is a carnival where the world is invited to be represented with their own respective carnival floats to showcase their strengths and their culture,' according to Alain St.Ange of the Tourism Board.

"With Seychelles onboard, Africa this year truly presents the whole range of carnivals, fit for any taste - from the exotic traditionalist Bissau carnival, to the unlimited celebrations of Cape Verde, via the African-modern mix carnival of Luanda, to the upmarket Victoria newcomer."

Only yesterday, the Brazilian and Tanzanian delegation arrived in Seychelles following the South Africans who had landed only a day earlier, and today, on March 2, a British Naval Ship will be docking in Seychelles, a safe port for foreign naval ships, to participate in the carnival alongside a Russian and an Indian naval ship. The European Union, the La Francophonie, and Retosa are all world bodies that will also be showcasing their organizations alongside the FAO, which will be represented by their Goodwill Ambassador, Dionne Warwick, the American music legend.

Seychelles is really set to be offering a carnival with a difference, and journalists and TV stations from the world over are also descending on Seychelles to cover this unique event.

PHOTO: Lantern installation / Photo from Seychelles Tourism Board

MEDIA CONTACT: Alain St. Ange, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, Email:

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