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Minister St. Ange visits the Seychelles Hospitality Industry students on attachment in Dubai
by STB

The Seychelles delegation together with the Seychellois students and management of Sofitel Luxury Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture made time whilst on a working to the UAE to stop in Dubai to called on the three advanced diploma Seychelles Tourism Academy students who are doing their attachment after having completed their first year at Shannon University in Ireland.

Minister St Ange was accompanied by Barry Faure Chairman of the Seychelles Tourism Board who is also the Secretary of State in the President's Office, together with Elsia Grandcourt, the CEO of Tourism Board.

The three students: Samia Confiance, (sponsored by Sainte Anne Beachcomber Resort) Anette Pierre ( sponsored by Constance Lemuria Resort) and Saul Salomon ( sponsored by Four Seasons Seychelles) are all doing their attachment in the Food & Beverage field at the new Sofitel Luxury Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach. The three Seychellois students said that they were pleasantly surprised by the unexpected visit.

The management of the Sofitel Luxury Hotel Dubai were pleased to welcome the Seychelles Minister and his delegation and spent time alongside the students to discuss the Seychellois student’s progress and they assured the Minister that their attachment program was going well. The Seychelles students will be on attachment in Dubai for 18 months where they will be covering all aspects of the food & beverage. They will be rotating within the 7 main outlets of the hotel including banqueting.

The Hotel's Director of Food & Beverage, Sinan Koseoglu, shared with the delegation the detailed management training program prepared for the three Seychellois students and he confirmed to the Minister that the hotel was so far happy with the student’s performance. Mr Koseoglu also highlighted that it was the first time that they are receiving students from Shannon University of Ireland. The Sofitel Luxury Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach is currently also working with hotel schools from Lyon and Lausanne.

The management of the Sofitel Luxury Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach confirmed that they are prepared to look at areas of cooperation with the Seychelles Tourism Academy through an MOU in order to receive other students on attachment programs.

The Hotel Management Team which also included the Hotel Manager Dominic Arel discussed the potential of the Sofitel Group to look at hotel investment possibilities in the Seychelles. This would be further be explored by Sofitel together with the Seychelles Investment Board.

The three Seychellois students expressed their satisfaction at the way their attachment was going and they explained that they were happy with their living and working conditions. They said that the first two months they went through an adaptation phase which was quite challenging, but are now pleased to report that they are nicely settled in their role. In a message to their family back in Seychelles, the students wanted to let them know that they are well and they took the opportunity to assure the Seychelles Tourism Academy, the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Seychelles Government of their commitment to do well and to do their country proud.