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Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism & Culture signs Sino-Seychelles MOU to boost tourism from China & cooperation with China

Seychelles’ Minister for Tourism & Culture signs Sino-Seychelles MOU to boost tourism from China & cooperation with China (Forimmediaterelease.net) The Sino-Seychelles relations has entered into a new phase of cooperation, strengthening the longstanding friendship between China and Seychelles, with the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation by the islands’ Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange and Mr YongAn Cui. the China International Friendship&Culture Festival

The agreement is the initiative of the Organizing Committee of China International Friendship&Culture Festival with the aim of furthering cooperation between China and Seychelles in terms of friendship, tourism, culture, diplomacy and economy. It was presented to the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange by the Secretary General of the Organizing Committee of China Friendship&Culture Festival, Mr YongAn Cui.

The signed agreement primarily lays the foundation for the set up of the China-Seychelles International Cultural Union Committee, which will serve to further consolidate the partnership between Seychelles and China.

The agreement makes provision for reinforcing cultural exchanges between China and Seychelles, and to hold an annual Sino-Seychelles Culture week in China, as well as to promote the islands’ to some 30 international travel agencies in China.

The agreement also provide for the Organisation to promote the Seychelles in a bid to increase the number of Chinese visitors to Seychelles to some 30, 000 in the next five years and to further develop cultural and economic ties between China and Seychelles. The organisation’s committee will also be responsible for the setting up of visits between the Organizing Committee of China International Friendship&Culture Festival and the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Through the MOU now signed, the Organizing Committee of China International Friendship&Culture Festival is looking at assisting in the development of an aquatic park in Seychelles, which will be a first for the islands and confirms China’s participation in the next edition of the ‘Carnaval International de Victoria’, which will be facilitated by the Organizing Committee of China International Friendship&Culture Festival.

On signing the agreement, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange said that the he welcomes this MOU as it will strengthen the existing partnership and increase cooperation between Seychelles and China, which is deeply rooted, dating back to 150 years.

“We appreciate the good relation that we have with China, and signing this MOU allows both Seychelles and China to further consolidate this partnership, and bring about more fruitful cooperation. The MOU has come in at the right time when Seychelles is increasing its actions aimed at tapping into the Chinese tourist market. The points covered in this MOU will go a long way in helping us boost our visitor arrival numbers from China by generating more visibility for the islands, as well as to provide more opportunities for both countries to share their cultures,” said Minister St.Ange.

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