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Remo Della Porta of Blue Panorama Airline in Seychelles for "way forward" discussions

Remo Della Porta of Blue Panorama Airline in Seychelles for "way forward" discussions ( Blue Panorama Airline has now been flying to Seychelles for the last couple of months, and last week the plane from Italy flew into Seychelles full of Italian holiday makers, including Remo Della Porta of Blue Panorama and his family and Monette Rose, the Seychelles Tourism Board’s Manager for Italy.

Mr. Della Porta was received at the airport by Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture, and Elsia Grandcourt, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. The Blue Panorama Airline, it must be remembered, launched its weekly service to Seychelles following the announcement by Air Seychelles that it was dropping Italy from its flight schedule. The announcement for Blue Panorama of Italy to launch flights to the Seychelles came following intense negotiations between the Italian airline company and the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority backed by the Tourism Board.

“Their first couple of flights to Seychelles were hard, but they are now better established with tour operators selling Seychelles, and they are making headway into the Italian market. The Tourism Board is working closely with Blue Panorama, and this is why Mr. Della Porta is in Seychelles to see how the Tourism Board’s Italy Office can join in on joint marketing and promotional exercises with them to ensure more visibility for Seychelles and in so doing entice more traffic to our islands,” said Minister Alain St.Ange.

Seychelles continues to work with its partner airlines for the continued development of the destination. In the past, many airlines discontinued their services to the islands due to the marketing of the islands being left primarily to them to undertake, and this resulted with inadequate visibility for Seychelles in the marketplace. as airlines felt it was not their responsibility.

The Tourism Board today works with the airlines to stimulate the market. They have offices in key markets, and they ensure Seychelles is represented at the main tourism trade fairs right across the world. The airlines will benefit when the interest for a Seychelles holiday is on everyone’s lips. This will not happen by itself; it can only be a joint partnership approach for the benefit of the Seychelles tourism industry. This is also exactly why the SHTA, the Tourism Industry’s Association, have been requesting for more funds to be made available for marketing Seychelles. They are in the forefront of the industry that remains the pillar of the Seychelles economy, and they recognize the need for Seychelles to remain visible and seen as the potential dream tourist destination.

The industry is looking for a publicity blitz-like approach across some traditional key markets, as this will keep the islands in the minds of would be, and in the minds of potential, travelers. They have their ears to the ground and have advocated such an approach, because they recognize that necessity. The government has taken note of their appeal ,and this is why Bernadette Willemin, the Tourism Board’s European Director, was in Seychelles for internal meetings with Elsia Grandcourt, the CEO of the Board, and this is also why Monette Rose, the Manager for Italy, is now also in Seychelles at the same time as Remo Della Porta of the Blue Panorama Airline is also on a working visit to the islands.

Airlines provide the much-needed connectivity to the mid-ocean islands of the Seychelles. Most also work alongside the Tourism Board to get tour operators and press to the islands. Some of these airlines now also partner with the country’s “Celebrate Seychelles Events Department" in ways not seen before – Air Seychelles is the official partner for the Miss Seychelles Beauty Pageant, Emirates is the official partner for the annual Carnaval International de Victoria, and Etihad is the official partner for SUBIOS, the Seychelles Festival of the Sea.


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