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Seychelles tourism industry meets with island's Minister for Tourism

Seychelles tourism industry meets with island's Minister for Tourism ( Daniella Payet-Allis, the acting Chairman of the Seychelles Hospitality&Tourism Association (SHTA), accompanied by Louise AhKoon of the Association's Office, Alan Mason, John Stravens, and Kate Carolus met with Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, who was accompanied by Sherin Naiken, the CEO of the Tourism Board, and Anne Lafortune, the PS for Tourism.

The meeting was in response to points made in an email from the Acting Chairman of the Association to her Board which was copied to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The meeting was also the opportunity for the SHTA Acting Chairperson to update the Minister on the Association's plans for announcing a new Board that will be seeing through to the end of the existing mandate.

A decision taken at this latest industry/ministry meeting is for a monthly meeting to now be set with a one or two points only on the agenda to ensure in-depth discussion. Minister St.Ange, who manages his Ministry with an open-door policy, said that he welcomed this scheduled series of meetings, because he believes in the existing public-private sector partnership and wants to ensure government doors remain open to the private sector representatives.

Points seen as challenges by the SHTA were tabled and discussed and these included the burning question of vertical integration with its own challenges for Seychellois companies versus international groups and the need to operate under a fair trading policy, GOP issues and the bond requirement by the government, air access, and marketing assistance for the smaller home grown properties, among others.

Minister St.Ange said that the meeting was open and frank. “We appreciated the time we spent together in this public-private sector partnership meeting. It is important that we meet and for us to continue to meet. We touched on the question of yield from tourism and the occupancy level being recorded today, and this will probably be a point for a more lengthy discussion in the future. What is clear is for us to continue to work as one to consolidate what we have achieved and for us to take our industry to greater heights. The private sector industry players are the frontline team of Seychelles tourism, and we need to continue to hear them, to appreciate what they see as challenges, and for us all together to find the solutions that are appropriate," Minister St.Ange said.


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