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Seychelles holds a successful press conference in Dublin

Seychelles holds a successful press conference in Dublin ( Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture chaired a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin City Center with Elsia Grandcourt, the CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, at his side.

A Seychelles promotional DVD provided the most pleasing of backdrops as the Minister took the gathered press members through a very personal guided discovery of the Seychelles.

The existing relationship existing between Seychelles and Shannon College of Hospitality Management was explained as he welcomed the presence of Mr. Philip Smyth, the Director of the Shannon College. The Seychelles Minister also acknowledged the presence of Mr. Jim Flannery, the Tourism Ireland personality who was contracted by UNWTO as the consultant to undertake a reorganization of the Seychelles Tourism Board’s structure now that a Ministry of Tourism existed before welcoming Mr. John Enright, a former Irish Tourism Board consultant who was recruited to relaunch the Seychelles Tourism Board in the 1980s. “I have the pleasure to say a big welcome to John Enright who was my boss when he arrived in the Seychelles from the Cayman Islands to head the island’s tourism. I worked in those days alongside John Enright as his Assistant to the Director of Tourism. Please give John Enright a big round of applause,” Minister St.Ange said.

A forty-minute expose on why the Seychelles is the most idyllic holiday followed. “We are today more accessible to receive the Irish would-be holiday maker and the Irish honeymooners as never before. We have an impressive range of all the best, and all the most known branded hotel chains in Seychelles operating side by side with excellent local ‘home grown’ properties. Between the two groups, we have hotels for all tastes, we have hotels for all expectations, and we have hotels for all budgets. This, at a time when we have more airlines connecting Ireland directly with the Seychelles with just one stop. This is why we are today saying that Seychelles is accessible as never before,” Minister St.Ange said.

A list of unique selling points of the islands were then tabled from the visa-free provision, to being disease free, to having a weather pattern that got the Seychelles listed as the islands of perpetual summer, to the safety label enjoyed by Seychelles, because the people see themselves in their industry with the inclusion approach through the Seychelles Brand of Tourism.

“We know that we are the perfect group of mid-ocean tropical islands. We have clear and clean turquoise blue seas lapping the clear and clean white sandy beaches, and we remain good custodians of what we have been blessed with. We today have over 50% of the total land area of our island declared as protected national parks. We remain islands where pictures can never do justice to the beauty of the islands, and when you land in Seychelles, the first impression is exactly that the Seychelles remains prettier than any picture you have seen of these mid-ocean islands. This is in contrast to many other destinations where you say and where you will repeat that they do not do justice to the pictures they use for their promotional campaign,” the Seychelles Minister said.

For the honeymoon market, Minister Alain St.Ange was candid as he said that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and Kate Middleton had the world at their fingertip when they needed to choose their very own honeymoon destination after their much publicized wedding. “They choose the Seychelles. Yes they had been here before, and yes they came again for that special honeymoon holiday. I can only say that if it is good enough for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it must be a good honeymoon destination to the pretty Irish brides,” the Seychelles Minister said.

An open question-and-answer session followed which engaged the members of the press and where it became very evident that everyone in the room had been sold on the Seychelles as the tourism destination with a difference.


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